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Al)endpo8t, December 17th, 1897» 



For the benefit of the widows and orphans, the Chicago Lodges of the Order of the 
Hermann's Soehne are arranging at present in the "Aurora Hall" a grand bazaar that 
80 far was visited by a large number of people., that certainly is twice as 
pleasing in view of its noble purpose* TBfe Fair Committee did everything in its 
power to secure a geniune success for the affair, and also the other brothers and 
sisters of the Order have honestly done their part* 

From far and neeo* beautiful gifts were received which ?re now exhibited in the 
large Theater-Hall.. • Yesterday afternoon the American- sisters neld a jolly 
"Kaffee Elatsch" at the bazaar. 

The eloquent sister Augusta Ulm delivered a iraich-apjfliij^ded address to the 
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I A 1 b / The Order of the nermanns - Soehne fih. '^^% 

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Thp oldest pure Crerr!.sai C^Jer i'^ Illinois is cert'-\inly the Order "©f.^he 
Hermann's Soehne ( '/.ir r>r.B of EermcJin) , v;hich war: esta'blished here in 
Ch;C^.£;o,^^th, 1832, by I.'es'jrs llic. Hastier, inton ICetibert, Llathias 
Krier, 7ri':3o.lvh ScV;'itt anlC-eo. ravii:;, uhc *brou£;ht about the creation of the 
Cricago LcvV^e Kg. !• 

Tlrie pur>'Ose of this Order is: Cultivation of 3-ennaii hospitality and virtues, 
trf i: \.Q.^ 01 the spirit by np-itual advice aricl exchange of Ofinions, nutual 
asrLv' -:ice ir. cases of sickness or deat?i, besides other conditions of life, 
pr^.^vt^cti^..;, and cultivation of the Gerrrian langi:.£{^:e in school and fanily, 
alsox? rll rood 5err?^ii custo'^-s, the distribution of true liberal convictions, 
and k-'j-^pir.^ avvrdie of a sacred mcr.ory tovrards our native land^ Guided by 
*:he£e ai^s, the Order has f^onctioned durin^-r the past forty-five yerrs of 
itc exit'tence. The Order spent over one and a half million dollars, alone, 
for whr-rity, and did not restrict its gifts to its ov/n nernbers, but also 
helped others in need whenever a cry for help was heard. It still practices 
its charitable functions, indefatigably^ rnd tries to keep its pronisest 

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Abendpos t, ITovnrnter 24, 1897 - ^f ^^'^ GEEMAH 

"But the frilure of Dreyer's 3r=.nk, where the faithless forner Tr^'^surer had 
$4,000« of widow's money on derosit, and the extrr ordinary high nur^er of 
deaths during one ye'^.r, (50 out cf rn average nemhership of 1"00) and, 
finally, the disloyalty of i?*rjay prciriinent memters, raised a delay in the 
punctual paynient of death claims. The Order could hcive followed the course 
practiced hy hanks and similar institutions - of decl-'ring its insolvency and riddi 
itself of accumulated dehts, hut it did not choose thie way. Still a 
genuine flerman Order, reserrhlin- its forefathers^-, "The old Germens", it 
keeps a given word sacred and will fulfill its pledges even if it should 
take years. 

Guided hy such ar. exarrple it was resolved in a mass nceting, of October 
lO^ht to arrange a fair, the surplus of which should oe used for pajment of 
death "benefits. 

Presuming that the German Press will ar-rist the Order in its undert.-Icing, 
the Order turns toward the German public with a request to support the fair 
(Decemher 13th - 14th) by its attendance, donations, and purchases. 


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Abendpost . October IS, 1897 • 



About a year ago seyen lodges of the Hermanns-Sleters of the Order of the 
Hersanne Soehne Bade themselTee independent and founded their own Grand 
Lodge in order to T>e able to manage their affaire independently and with 
more success* That they succeeded in this to the highest satisfaction of 
all concerned was proved sufficiently by the Anniversary festival that was 
held yesterday in the Central Turner Hall. The number of the guests was 
as large as could ever be expected* • .The well-chosen program consisting of 
festival orations, concert, etc, was carried through in all its parts to 
the highest satisfaction* The main speech was held by the Grand President, 
Mrs. Anna As sous* 

The seven chapters of the Hermann Sisters have at present S63 members and 
a foundation /und of $5000«00« In cases of death $^00*00 are paid, in cases 
of sickness $U*00 to $3*00 per week« 

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Kot in a long time have as nany ir.embers come to£;ether as lac^t Siinday in the 
Auror? Hall. The purrose of the meeting was: The receipt of the report of 
the delegates to the National Zr^zid. Lodge r.eeting which wa? held in Kew Ulm, 
Minnesota, and second: Conferpnce over v;ays r^nC r.eans to restore the Order to 
what it was years ago "because as is true of all ot?ier organizations, hard times and 
many deaths have caused many gaps. 

After a long re^^-ort of the (Jrajid President V.t. '.ug. Behrens, he declared, that the 
national Grand Lod^e rerclvcd unanimoMsly in their lar:t -.eeting to co^ie to . 
the assistance of the Illinois State organization, in order that in the 
shortest possible time all claims for death "benefits can h^aid to the v/idov/s 
and orphans. After the requert WcS made "by several gentlemen to hold tn;ly 
to the Order and to recall all the good that has come :"rom it during its 
fifty-seven years of existence, an unanimous resolution was accepted, to 
arrange a grand "Pair" for the "benefit of the widows j^nd orphans of the 
Order and to entrust the directors with the preparatory work. 

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jjj |T Abendpost , October 4, 1897 


(The Sons of Hermann) 

The order of the Hermann's Soehne^ that Just has erected a beautifiil monument 
to the ancient liberator from the Roman yoke, the Cherusker Armin or Hermann, 
is a pure German organization and was foiinded in New York in the year 1840« 

At that time the Germans there resided largely in the Avenues A and B, at 
Hudson and Clinton Streets* There were their churches and club halls# New York 
"Rowdyism*^ governed the city at that time and showed its fury also, with brutal 
intolerance! against the Germans* 

When in the spring of 1840, a prominent German was to be buried, the long funeral 
procession in Chatham Street was pelted by the rowdies with stones, snow and 
dirty was split up, pursued into all directions and ill-treated* Respectable 
Germans called an indignation meeting* In this meeting Mr* Georg Heiner gave 
the signal for the foxindation of the ** Alliance of the Hermannsoehne** * Mr« 
Heiner (he is still living in New York) paralleled in his speech the attacks of 
the rowdies on the Germans with the persecution of the Germans by the Romans 

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Abendpost , October 4, 1897 

and called: "A Hermann is needed to free us from the Nationalistic clawsl** 
ihormous approbation greeted these words* The result was a Grerman organization 
on June 17, 1840, that constituted itself on the first of July as "Sesellschaft 
der HermaxmsSoehne" (Society of the Sons of Hermann) • 

The purpose was: Maintenance of German mutual protection, cultivation and 
furtherance of German customs, German language and German science* The banner 
was black«red«>gold« The organization, infused great respect in the rowdies* 
The Germans were left in peace* On October 12th, 1847 the Hermann sSoehne 
appeared in pub].ic for the first time on the occasion of the dedication of the 
Washington Monument at the Union Square, - they came 800 men strong* 

On April 20th, 1848 the first section of the association outside New York where 
six chapters existed, was founded in Milwaukee* On May 8th, 1848 the Hermazms- 
Soehne of New York held a grandiose parade through the city in celebration of 
the revolution in Germany* 

At the end of December, 1848 the organizatibn assumed the character of an order 
with the acceptance of the motto: "Friendship, Love and Fidelity," and the 


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proclamation of the I'olloving platform: -"All r>eople are alike. All are animated 
"by one desire and strive for one aim, the betterment of physical and sniritual 
elements of their existence. It is tie d^ity of each hiimen "being, to care not 
only for himself, but also for the welfare of his fellow men, because every 
single one finds in the common welfare his deserving share of good fortiin?^." 

"In order to have this great and worthy work furthered, v/e offer a brotherly 
hand and establish this tie of friendship. Together we sow and together we 
exTDect to harvest. V/e will furtner the German customs, the German sr)irit, the 
German science, we will mutually cultivate, patronize and assist each other. 
This be our princixjle and our plat-Torm. We will look at ourselves as one family 
and keep sacred the fajnily ties." 

On January 1st, lS^i9 the if'irst Grand President, Mr. John Linder o-oened the first ' 
Grand Lodge meeting in New York. The order soon increased so that on January 1st, 
1??57 the first National Grand Loclge was held in Rochester. The order has now 
500 Lodges with 33,000 members in 33 states. Mr. Schuetz of Texas is at 
present the new elected ^^^ tional Grand President. 


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 ABKBDPOST'* . March 13th, 1897. 

Charity Ball* 

Because the suffering of the poorer population of Chicago has reached such hei^ts^ 
that it Bakes immediate help, imperatiTe* the Oeraan Workers Benefit Association, 
and the Independent Sick Benefit Association of the Town of Lake, found themselres 
compelled, to arrange a Ball tomorrow, Sunday erening in Schumacher's Hall, cor. 
>4-7th Street and Ashland Avenue, the net income of which will he used for this 
purpose*- To the public in general, and, before all, to the business-men of the 
Town of Lake, the appeal is again made, to help the Assistance Committee, consisting 
of Messrs* Hanert, President, kSlS Loomis Street, Oiese, Treasurer, I6l0-5l8t 
Street, and Krohn, Secretary, comer 3^th and Paulina Streets, by sending money or 
useful articles so that as much/ as T^ossible could be given to the poor# 

The Ball begins at 7 o'clock* 


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A^endpost, August 29, 1896, 


Justice of the Peace, Woods, has lately, in the case of the "German 
Association of Military Comrades,'* consisting of memT)ers of different 
German military societies* death benefit assocaitions, in a suit against 
its former treasurer, decided in favor of the plaintiff society, 
although the lawyer for the defendant called his attention to the fact, 
that the German Association of Military Comrades", was not incorporated, 
and therefore its officers had no right to represent the association "be- 
fore the court, without being authorized "by every individual member, 
In writing* The Ex-Treasurer, J. Schiag is a member of the "German 
Militia" and therefore has withdrawn from the association. The Society 
claimed, after his stepping out, that he shotdd refund the money paid in, 
but because this refund, was rightfully refused, Schug was not willing to 
deliver the money to the Association. President Steinke, Vice President 
Guhl and Secretary Schmidt started proceedings against Schug, and Justice 
of the peace. Woods has, in spite of objections raised by the opposing 
parties, as duly qualified reDresentatives of the not incorporated 
association, decided in their favor. The Militia Association will no 
doubt appeal in this technically questionable decision. 

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Abendpost , May 18, lg96* 

(Uutual Aid Association) 

At the Northslde Tumerhall this association celehrated yesterday its 25th 
Anniversary. On May 13, ISJl this Cluh was organized tmder the name "Bismarck 
Bund." Justice of Peace Eberhardt who acted a quarter of a century ago as 
the first president of the Cluh, delivered the festival speech in nhich he 
related its founding and gave a delightful picture of the efficiency which it 
unfolded. The organization counts at present 12 sections with 123^ memhers* 
It pays a weekly sickness "benefit of $10.00 and a death benefit of $500. 

During the last year lU memhers died. $9f753 ^e^® V^^^ iJ^ sick benefits. 


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Abendpost > Feb. 17, 1896# 


Under the name ••Veritas'* there was yesterday founded at 41 N* Clazic Street 
a Club for the purpose of giving insurance to male and female employees of 
any kind^ free medical service in cases of sickness; also free medicine and 
a free room in a hospital or private home^ Unemployed members shall be as- 
sisted to obtain work in case of wage disputes receive a free lawyer and 
advancement of legal and court fees. The officials were elected: for 
president: D» Clemens; for business manager: Gustav Strelow.*- 

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ABEKDPOST , June 2Uth, IS95. 

The Knights of Pythias* MudUe, 

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The Illinois G-rand Lodge of the Ord<=r of the Knights of Pythias, asked the 
Superior Court for an injunction against the Waldeck Lodge, which Iibs left the 
order recently, and demanded to stop them from forming a new Lodge in the State of 
Illinois and in Cook County under even a part of the name of the Grpjid Lodge. 
As will "be remembered ^S memters of the Waldeck Lodge on December last, joined the 
newly formed "Improved Order of the Kni^^hts of Pythiss" inst^Jlod tl:e nerr ''.iTal- 
deck Lodge !!o# 1 on- Saturday night in Folz's Hall. 

Judge Payne did not grant the injunction, but issued an order for the 
summoned party to appear before him, to give him all necessary expl-snations. 

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Last Tharsdayt the Gross-Stamm ( Great Tribe ) of Illinois held its animal 
general meeting. According to the report of the secretary, $10,277*00 were 
paid to memhers for cases of sickness and $1^, 000.00 for death cases* On 
Pehruary Uth, 1895f this old German Lodge will celehrate its 25th anniversary. 
i. committee has heen selected already to t)ret>are a program of entertainments 
for this coming anniversary. 

The following new officers were elected: John Hoff , Superchief j Otto Bemdt, 
Suh. Chief; William Will, Secretary; Georg Schaeffer, Treasurer->Uarshal; 
U. Hoffmann; Guard. Max Goldberg. 

In order to get more members for the Lodge, a resolution was adopted to call 
in several successive propaganda meetings. 

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Illinois Staats-Zeitimg ^ l!ar. 4, l893» 

SCHILLER WOISN-S CLUB. W^^ (*-•> ^^^'^ ''^" 

The annual general meeting and election of officers of the Schiller Women's 
Club took place two days ago. The reports of all the officials were ac- 
cepted* The financial report showed a balance of $1,217.15 in favor of the 
club* The membership has increased to seventy-seven. The amount of $202 
was paid during the past year for sick benefits, etc. All officials of 
the orevious season were reelected. 

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Illinois Staats Ze itunr , Oct. 18, 1892. ViPA (ILL) PH^i ^'^-^^ 

ssvEOTH Arr:u\L 3\ll of 


The members of the German V/aiter's lenevolent oocioty assembled last night 
v/ith their wives and friends in the ^arge hall of the North Side Turner 
Hall. They celebrated their seventh anniversary, which turned out to be 
a pleasant festivity. 

The society pays its members substanti-^l sick benefits, etc., and this has 
increased its membership rapidly. The society can look back v/ith pride over 
seven years of successful activities. The members of the society are also 
brought in closer contact socially. Yesterday's affair was convincing proof 
that they understand very well hov; to arrange a festival, and to entertain 
their guests... . 

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Chi cago Tribune ^ Sept. 3, 1892. 



In August the German Benevolent Society gave aid to thirty-two families and ^ 

eighteen single persons, and found employment for 435 applicants. The ex- -^ 

pense of the aid furnished was $195* At its monthly meeting yesterday the ^ 

fbll6wiiig new menhers were elected: P. L. Greenwald^ Dr. W. Wyl^ Joseph , ^ 

Mendelsohn, Br. W. Bochert, W. H. Hafuer, Wm« Oanschowf Oeo* M. Baumann, ^ 
Sherer Fisher, F. C^ Christy. Dr. ^. K Hunning^ M. R. Mandelbauer, and 
Otto Diederich. 

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Illinois Staats - Zeltung Uky 16, I892 

At a mass-nideting whioh was held yesterday afternoon by the members of the 
Germania society, ten of the sixteen existing local lodges declared their 
withdrawal from the society. They proceeded immediately to establish the 
Independent Benevolent Society Germania • Other lodges will follow their 
example very shortly. Their headquarters will be in Chicago. The reasons 
for the v/ithdrav/al briefly stated are: 1, dissatisfaction with the business 
management of the society | 2, refusal of the central office in New York to 
lovestigate serious complaints; 3t declining to comply with certain' requests; 
4f the deliberate postponement of licensing the society in the state of Illinois. 

The new society, beginning with three hundred members, promises to keep its 
agreements in regard to sick and death benefits which had been made with members 
when they joined. The official of the old Central Propaganda Committee will 
take charge of the new society until the election, which will take place in 

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I llinois Staats -^ Zeltung March 4t 1892 • 

The annual meeting and election of officials of the Schiller Women's Club 
took place last night at the "Northside Tumhalle". The president of the club 
Mrs. Knaus, gave a report about the club's activities which was excellent 
in every respect. Other officials made reports of their respective activities. 
Then the election took place with the following results: 

The club has at this time 108 members and a capital of $lt475.00* The amount 
of insurance paid in case ol death of a member was increased from $73 .00 to 
$100.00. In case of sickness a member receives a weekly benefit of $4*00« 

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Die AbendT)08t. Fetniary 1st, lg92« 

"Humboldt Praxien Verein" 

(Humboldt Ladies Society) 

The Humboldt Ladies Society, niiich has been founded lately for "benevolent 
purposes, showed the strength of its young organization by giving last Satur* 
day a masquerade ball of outstanding brilliancy and unusually large attendance. 

The costumes of the visitors were original and romantic. All arrangements 
were in good hands and made the entertainment a real^ well deserved saccess. 

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Chicago Tribune ^ December 8, 1891. 


The thirty-seventh annual meeting of the German Society of Chicago was held last 
evening at the hall No. 49 LaSalle street. The report of the Secretary showed 
there was a membership of 1,001, an Increase fo 409 over the last f.lscal year« 
The sum of $2,100 was spent last year for fuel, clothing, and medical attendance 
for the needy* There were 445 families visited, and 1,100 children received medl- 
cal treatment* Uuch assistance was renderec? G'^rman Immigrants, and 3,169 persons 
were procured employment. 





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Illinois Staats - Zeltung Dao« If 1891# 

The Mutual Benefit Assooiation of the German musicians held a festival last 
night at the Northside Turnerhalle (Gymnasium) of nhioh it oan truly be saidf 
that it was full of music* Music and humor were the guiding stars of the 
evening* No discord disturbed the beauty of mutual cheerfulness* The entertain* 
ment was never interrupted and the hours passed away very rapidly* 

This association was founded nearly six months ago* It has already 135 members 
and pays a sick-benefit of $5*00 per weekt which will be materially increased 
in the near future* Likewise • there will be a stipulated definite amount which 
members will receive in case of death* 


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The well-knoim Song and Mutual Benefit Association "Harmony" held their 
seyenth annual ball last Saturday at the Mesters Hall* 

The climax of the evening was reached when the former 7ice-P3?esident of the 
organization 9 llr« P« Windbiel gave his splendid speech which came frcm his 
heart and went to the iBarts of the hearers^ 

The financial conditions of the association is favorable ana their member- 
ship is steadily increasing » having a total now of 85. 



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Illinois Staats ^ Zeltung Oot. 27t 1891» 


The sons of Arminius held a meeting last night at 11? Cornell Street to make 
propaganda for their lodges A number of applications for membership were 
received. Different members explained the purpose of this newly organized - 
lodge 9 which t indeed, carries the stamp of humaneness* The lodge consists 
of German speaking men and endeavors to stay aloof from all unAmerican 
domination • It is cultivating the German language and customs and is 
promoting social entertainments* 

The lodge also guarantees $400*00 as a maximum sick-benefit* It likewise pays 
each male member $100*00 on the death of his wife* A plna is in force to 
insure each male member for $500*00 or $1000 in case of death* 

The system inaugurated for the payment of dues is Just because it is arranged 
according to the relative age of the member when entering membership in the 
lodge * 

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Abendpost , Oct, 12, 1891 • 


last Saturday evening the **BeneYOlent Society for Widows and Orphans**, had a 
ball arranged and many took part«.«*They all enjoyed the evening very much* 
The net profit from this festival went into the treasiiry of this benevolent 
society # 

The Committee arranging the ball, deserve recognition and praise* 



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AbendpOBt « Aug. 22, 1891, 




The beneficial work of this organization is laore and more irecognized by the ^ 
'•Germans^ • Their membership inci^eases steadily ••♦A new branch-office is 5 

being opened on the Veatslie..... & 


This Association pays $10*00 per week sick benefit and $500*00 in case of ^ 


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Abendpost , July U^ 1891 • 


Members for the Order **Geisiaiiia**« This organization existed in the East for 
21 years. It has a membership of 6000 and a Cash balance of |30,000»00«* It 
pays frcm |250.00 to |1000»00«- in case of death and (6«00 per week during 
sickness besides free medical treatments* •••Men and women between 18-50 years 
of age IrrespeotiTe of religion and race are accepted as members* 

Information at Abendpost.***^ 



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The Sohleslscber Sick and Benefit Lodge gave last evening a Conceirb, Theatre "^ 
Perfoisnanee and a Ball* 

Every seat in the house was occupied ^ a very good attendance* The program had 
been unusually well prepared. 

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V A 1 Abendpo8t> Jan* 5^ 1891. 


On Wednesday, January 7th, the Schlesler Health Benefit Lodge will hold its 
halfyear general gathering* All those who are willing to become meinbers can 
apply to the Staats Zeitung Exchange* 

Inquire at half past 8 A.U. , January 7th« 

A« Gotzmann, Sec* 




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Tbe German Barteziders* and Waiters* Aid Society gave its annual Dance last 
night at Whlich Hall* A large crowd of members and Tisitors enjoyed the 
well arranged festivity • 

The reception-coDnlttee consisted of Messrs « M. Eolb, F. C. Dressier , P« 
Lehnhardty W« Sandgnxnd, C. J. Henkel and W« Moeller, who did their ixtmost, 
to make the occasion an enjoyable evening* 

The G# B« W« A. S. has now 214 members* 


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Die Abendpost, Dec. 15, 1890. 


The Rhinelend Aid Society had a real, jelly festival s.t Xchler Hall last 
nijht. Numerous scngs and concert pieces kept the large crovM of visiters 
in a happy mood. A well arranged dojice closed this successful entertain- 
ment • 

The nev/ officers of the Rh« A. S, arei John Trier, President; Ferdinand 
Kuhlen, Vice-President; Peter Schallenberg, Secretary; Kunrad Trier, Treas- 

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Die Abendpost , i;ov* 21, 1890 • 

/"VERiiilN i:RHOLLL:G 30CIETY :<ECiti:LiTIONj^ 
The '.Welfare •Society *'Hecreaticn" cam be well satisfied vith its annual 
festival, which took place yesterday in Baer's Hall, All niimbers of the 
v;ell prepared program pleased the audience, which had a splendid evening 
of good music and v/ell selected entertainments • 

Particular praise must be given to ..:e3srs. Ld, ochwartz and L. Uhlein 
for their songs and to :,:essrs# i^eor^^e Heliman, C# Brinner and T# Maerup 
for their instrui.ient-recitals. 

The audience was generous v;ith applause and as in a jolly mood aU even- 

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The arrangements or the festival wei^ in the hands of !.:rs# j:. Feedigke, Kvsm 
11. Brandt, Mrs. Berger and i:r. 0. Hahlfs. 



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The Oermania Brothers Union (Brueder Bund), which considers as its main 
task the care of the sick, unemployed and orphans, was entertaining its 
numerious members last night with a fine concert and following dance# 

Particular applause was given to Ur. R« Fischer for a comet solo. Messrs* 
M« Kordick, George Luebeck and A. Hildebrandt were in charge of all arrange- 
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The Mutual Aid Society of United Austrians and Bavarians will celebrate 
its summer^festival and picnic on Sunday, July 18, at Fritz's Grove near 
Clybourn and Webster Avenue« 

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These Austrian and Bavarian celebrations are so interesting, that they do l^ 
not need any special recommendations from us* 


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I C Die Abendpost, Mar. 17, 1890. 


The Mutual Assistance Olub whose object and purpose are expressed 

by its name, gave its ninth annual ball at the Labor Hall. The 98 

present and former workers of the above establishment are practically 

all Germans, with the exception of a few German-speaking Poles and 

Bohemians. The numerous friends and lady-friends of the Club were ^t'. 

all requested to be present, which brought a very satisfactory 

attendance, and the melodies of Peter's orchestra induced them to 

enjoy lively dancing until the dawn of the new day. 

The Club pays its nembers $5.00 per week during periods of sickness 
and ^0.00 for burial expenses. The capital so far, is necorly 
#1000*00. The officials are: John Dietrich, President; Charles 
Gartner, Vice President; Ex- Alderman Robert Engel, Secretary, etc. 
The arrangments for last Saturday's Ball were taken care of by 
Messrs. £ngel, Retz, Nagel and a half dozen others* 






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Chicapioer i^rbeiter Zeltunp: , Sept. 15, 1888. 

GERMAN -;-:^. h) 


The U. S. Grand Lodge of the Geriaan Order of the Harugari is holding its con- 
vention today in Uhlich»s Hall, 

During the evening »s entertainment in the Korth Side Turner Hall Tyrant Roche 
addressed the assembly very politely, showing his best side to the Germans 
for the unselfish purpose of acquiring votes for the spring election, where 
his •*to be or not to be** will be decided. 




Illinois 3taats-Zeitimg> Aua. 5, 1888 


'Hii] DirjiD i:oiroii2iTT 

After many years of planning, the Druid noniiment v;as dedicated yesterday at 
the 'Jaldheim Cemetery. The cereiiony v/as held in the presence of an exceed- 
insly large crov/d of members of local and other Chapters of the Druid Order. 
A train of si:cteen coaches t3?ansportod most of the members to the v/ell-knovm 
German cemetery yesterday morning. There all preparations had been com- 
pleted for this solemn festival — the dedication of the beautiful Druid monu- 

The crowd soon gathered around the magnificent monument v;hich v;as located be« 
txjeen shade trees and draped with a v;hite cloth. Beside the monument a plat* 
form vms erected and decorated v/ith evergreen branches...«LIr. V/. H. Meyer, 
the master of ceremonies, opened the program by introducing the members of 
the monument committee. 






Mr. Ebepke, one of the committee members, addressed the assemblage, giving 
a brief sketch of the history of the monuraent. According to his statements. 




Illinois Staats-Zeitung, Auc 6, 1888 


the monijment v;as erected by Ilr* A. I^istenbroker and cost ;JH>175. The monu- 
ment was \inveiled, and the speaker turned the ceremony over to lor. KLemm, 
president of the Cook County Chapters of the Druid fraternity. The folloxv- 
ine are quotations f3x>m his speech: 


"This moniinent of the Druids is the only one of its kind any;7here upon the 
globe. At every fitting opportunity brethren from far raid near should gather 
aroxmd it to express the one ideal and purpose of the Druids — to assist all 
brethren in need, and to comfort them in misfortune and dis tress* •••♦" 

The master of ceremonies then int3x>cluced the principal speaker for the occasion, 
llr» A. Thorpe, v;ho spoke in part as follov/s: 

"'Then I look over the lar ;e gatherinr, of brothers and sisters of our Druid 
Order, I can see nanjr already far a..:vanced in years -vho have diligently and 
honestly contributed their share to the transforming of this once large 





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vjildemess into a place of culture and procrcss. Our system and our efforts 
have kept pace v;ith the rapidly novin: spirit of the ar;e, je have estab- 
lished new chapters for the benefit and blessin.:^ of the young generation of 
Germans. ••♦'i/e Dinids have erected a nonurient, in the form of this exalted 
Archdruid, to charily, brotherly'* love, peace, and unity — a nonumont that shall 
silently testify of our efforts and inspire younger generations to follow 
in our steps. •••. 

"At Salisbury, iiingland, there still exists the colossal otonehenge of the :?? 

Druids, which sone historians assert is over 25,000 years old. ue can not 

yet comprehend how this colossal work I'las accomplished by the hands of nen. 

Hot; many storms, cyclones, and earthquakes have sv;ept over this monument '^ 

of antiquity x;hich still exists as the ruins of a Druid Temple? 

*'And you also, you monument of the Dmiids of Chicago, may you stand for 
centuries as a visible sign of the v/isdom, the virtue, and the love of human- 
ity in accordance with our principles, v;hich have been written on the 



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banners of our order, and taught anons us since innemorial." 





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Chloagoer Arbelter Zeitun^ Kay 18 , 1888. 

The S«0#Z« Frauen-UnteAtuetzungs - Verein Portsohritt held its monthly meeting 

on the 13th of May 1888 and showed a balance of $282#90# 

Again the striking brewers received $25«00» 

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I llinois Staats Zeitimg , Jirne 25, 1887 


For m^.ny years our Masons have shown us how they celebrate this lovely 
festival, with due credit to our G-erraan lodges of that Order whose 
inspiring interest in June 24th is highly commendable. • • Our garden city 
has as may be known, six German Freemason Lodges and another in develop- 

There are 1,200 Lodge members representing to a large extent the best and 
noblest of our G-erman citizens.. • The incomplete seventh German Free- 
mason Lodge, expected to be incorporated next fall under the name of 
"Constantia," holds its meetings at the present time at Golhardt^s Hall. 
It was represented at the festival by a number of members* Among the 
specially invited guests was F. Otto eighty five of age, one of 
the co-founders of the oldest German Lod.^e the "Germania", to satisfy 
his own wish to witness once more a St. John's festival, he graciously 
accepted the invitation to be Guest of Honor. 

Die Fackel . June 8, 1884. Vo " ^7/G^MAir 

The Board of Directors of the Mutual Benevolent Society held Friday, its 
yearly General meeting in its office in the Staatszeitung Building. All the 
representatives of the Chicago Sections were present. After attending to 
current "business, the Finance Secretary , J. H, Kraemer sulDinitted Ms report 
for the past year. Reports show that last year there was spent $2222.22 for 
assistance of sick members and #1785.55 to the survivors of deceased memhers. 
The Society had a surplus last year of $72. 2U. They have a cash balance of 
$6,776.^3 which is invested in Cook County first mortgage bonds. 

The election of officers for the new business year resulted as follows: 
W. L. Schultz, President; H. Kohlmann, ist Vice President; M. Berch, 2nd Vice 
President; I Schock recording Secretary; J. H. Kraemer, Finance Secretary; 
Teacher P. Muller, Finance Committee, E. Mlchaelis, W. Lang, F. Braun, A. 
W, WilmanSy Emil Fryer* 


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Chicago er Arbeit er Zeitung j Jon. 17, 1G84» 


25th year Anniversoxy Celebration 

with Concert end Ball 

Given by the Chicago Arbeiter-Krankenkasse (Chicago) 


Tforkman's Sick Benefit Society 

in BrDjid^s Kail* comer Clark ejid Erie St., 
Sunday, January 19, 1884. 

Friends and acquaintances o^ v/ell es the neibers are invited* 

Tickets 50 cents* 



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The Grand Lodge of the Order "Hermann* 8 Sons" of the State of Illinois held 
yesterday its semi-annually meeting. The Chairmanship consisted of the following 
gentlemen: Adolf Mueller, President; Priedr. Meyer, Vice Presidentj Henry Diets, 
Secretary; and Jacoh Fleck, Treasurer. According to the rules of the Order all 
27 lodges were represented hy two delegates from each. 

The Grand Lodge's report to the National Grand Lodge, which will hold its 
convention at St. Paul on September 26, was read and discussed. From this we 
see, that the grand lodge of Illinois paid out last year over $10,000.00 for 
sickness and other relief benefits. While the amount paid out to the surviving 
family members and lodge members has not yet been figured out. 

Furthermore the report says that the Grand Lodgers property is valued a little 
over $35fOOO.OO and the Lodge has 1975 members* 


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Chicago Tribune ^ May 7, l88l. 5 




The German Ladies Sick Relief and Aid Society , through Mrs* E« S« Haas^ ^^ 

the president 9 168 Chestnut Street ^ has distributed since last Thanks* 3E 

giving Day the following articles to such needy families as have been ^ 

sought out by the society^ or who have otherwise come to their notice for 
aidt Sixty pairs of shoes to thirty-five families; 110 pieces of old 
clothes to thirty-three families; from seven grocery stores^ groceries 
and provisions to twenty-one families; money^ from contribution to the 
society 9 $86 to sixty-three families; houses found for eleven destitute 
families; work found for twenty-nine persons; personal visitation made to 
376 feunilies; burial expenses met for three persons; Thanksgiving dinner 
furnished to sixty-nine persons; flour from Mr* Norton, 400 pounds^ 
distributed to twenty-three families; coal from county to sixty-nine 
families! medicines to thirty-three families; doctors* services for thirteen 
families; lumber » 176 feet for one family • 

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Chicago Tribune t May 7f I88I. 

Contributions to the society in money and material were received to the 
extent of about $125» The work of the sewing meetings has embraced the 
inanufacture of 100 garments from 233 yards of cotton flannel, I87 garments 
from 328 1/2 yards of muslin, and fifty aprons and sacks from 121 l/2 
yards of calico, - a total of 331 garments made up from 679 3/* yards of 

In relation to the work done by this truly benevolent society the president 
desires to most sincerely thank the many donors of money and material, 
all of which has been most judiciously used for only the strictly needy § ^' 
and worthy poor, and she would further kindly thank the generous families 
residing on Wabash and Indiana Avenues for contribution of some needful 
things for her own personal use* Mrs* Haas has vigorously prosecuted the 
arduous labors of this society for five consecutive years without re- ^^ 
numeration, excepting for one month during September of last year, when 



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Chicago Tribune , May 7, l88l. 

she labored also for the Bible Society in connection with the Relief 
Society* Those who may have mesns or material at their command for which 
they desire a worthy use are urged to freely contribute of the same to 
this Aid Society, which will use carefully and distribute wisely the con- 
tributions placed at its disposal* The mothers sewing meeting occurs 
each f/ednesday afternoon, and the one for children on Saturday afternoon* 
In relation to the Thanksgiving dinner furnished to sixty-nine persons, 
the president desires to state that this was the gift of the Rev, Q. C* 
Needham, pastor of the Chicago Avenue Church, who kindly admitted that 
number of poor, brought by the society to the Thanksgiving feast spread 
for the poor at his church on that day* 


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Illinois Staats-Zeitimg . Apr* 25, 1881. 


The Grand Lodge of the Order of the Harugari held a meetini;: yesterday for 
the purpose of discussing ways to strike back at the life insurance coi!5)anies 
which operate solely in the interest of their shareholders. The attacks of 
these life insurance conpanies are directed against benevolent societies 
which are concerned with the welfare of their members, and therefore, main- 
tain, aside from the sick benefit, a life insurance department* 

A recent article in the Illinois Staats-Zeitung in defense of benevolent 
societies was read to the assembly. Appreciation for the warm support in that 

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Illinois Staats-Zeitung , Apr. 25, 1881. 

matter, given by the Staats-Zeitung > was voiced by all present. 

It was decided at the meeting to urge all secretaries of Grand Lodges of a 
benevolent character, especially those with life insurance service, to sign 
the follovring petition for submission to their respective Senators: 

To the honorable I^. ...•• 

Senator from ...... ...•. district • 

The undersigned citizens of Cook County, State of Illinois, urgently request 
that you exert all your energy to .ard the passage of bill No. 423. 

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Illinois Staats-Zeltung , Apr, 25, 1881. 

This bill is designed to protect the interests of more than one hundred 
thousand independent voters of this Stato. There is no better way to show 
your supporters your interest in their welfare and your willingness to con- 
tribute toward it than to vote for the proposed bill. 

This bill is intended to protect people against the despotic rule of the 
rich monopolies, and it requests absolute freedom for every employee to 
choose the life protection he wishes with the least T^ossible expense. 





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Chicr^oer Arbeiter Zeitiin^-. February 2oth, 1^31. 

The German Ord^r of tne Harugari, 

This order is rr-T^resented in Cnicago by lU lodges with a membershit^ of about 
800, all of whom belong to tne laboring class. The Harugori Ord<^r, has held its 
first festivity, a mask Ball, at the ?orwarts Turnhalle, last Saturday ni^ht, and the 
decorations used on this occasion bore mottoes, in the roal Gprman sDirit. Notwith 
standing the stormy weatrier, the Hall was filled to caiDacity, which is txie highest 
assurance of the nigh esteem felt for tnis Order, whose \janners were inscribed with 
the motto: "Benevolence, Love and Humanitarianism." 

It has been brought to our knowledge, that the ne^ "orofit will be distributed 
among the lodges, for the benefit of the sick and needy members of the Order. 
We wish them success! 

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Die Faekel. Sunday edition of the Chicagoer A. Z, July 25, 1880, 

( Advert! sement ) 


up^ n^.w ?R0).3--^^ 


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The North Side Section of the Mutual Benefit Society of Chicago in Fritz's 
Grove Clybourn Ave and Center Street Sunday, August 1, 1880. 

Good concert and dance music and other entertainment as well as a first class 
accommodation will be provided. With favorabls weather the rising of a giant 
balloon will take place. In the evening large fireworks. 

Cars of Webster Avenue will reach the place. 

The Committee of Arrangements. 

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Die Fackel, (Chicagoer Arbeiter Zeitung) July 18, 183C. 

of the 
South Chic^co "..'orkrian's Benevolent Jocietv 

Sunday, July 18, 1880 
Jouth '^hica^^o Turner Park 
for the benefit 
of the widows and orphans 

Trains leave Lichigan South Jtation 9:^x5 A.i:. and 1^:03 noon* 
He turn 6 to 8:00 P.M. 

Tickets round trip incl. entrance fee in park 50^ 

Children half price. 

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At various times we have called attention to the fact that the raembership of 
the German 3ociety, v/hich has assisted so nany of our countrymen durin?: times 
of distress, is not in proT^ortion to the number of Germans living in Chicago. 

Durin^^ the last fev; years various means have been tried to call the attention 
of the local Germans to the welfare activities of the German i:»ociety and, 
although membership has increased somev;hat in consequence, it has not at all 
kept i^ace \vith the grov/ing German element hore v;hich, incidentally, has be- 
come more prosperous while the demands made upon our Society have mounted ^ 
steadily. If one considers the fact that in 1B54, the first year of the 
Society* s existence, membership amounted to about 250 v/ith total annual dues 
of :-:l,600, one would have to ot quite a bit out of the way to find a rood 
excuse for the lack of a charitable spirit among our countrymen and to explain 
the fact that the names of most of them still cannot be found on the member- 
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Every year about ei^-ht thousand persons are aided and receive advice. 
In the last year alone 1,711 persons v;ere r)laced into jobs; 408 were 
successfully recoinrnended to the County authorities and 322 more sent to the 
Chicao;o Aid and relief Society, v;here they v;ere furnished ^\dth clothing; 40 
received medical aid; 97 sick parsons vjere sent to the hospital and 44 to 
the dispensary, v/here they -.vere accepted and treated; 140 T)eople received 
free transportation, and 366 partial transDOi-tation. Direct monetary as- 
sistance, which taxed the reserve funds of the Society itself, amounted to 
nearly two thousand dollars duria'/ the sajr.e year. 

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Having only a slightly lar^ser membership than duria^ the first year of its 
existence and with a smaller annual contribution, the German society has ^ 
indeed no cause to look v/ith satisfaction on the co-operation which our 
German compatriots have rendered in its efforts durin^^^ the past txventy-five 

If it be desirable, in view of the above facts, that there should be a man- 
ifold increase in membershir, how much more desirable should such an increase 
be at times like these, when greater iromigration will au.^ment the number of 

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aid seekirif^ persons considerably and the deraands made on the .erman 
Society v;ill be more urgent than ever before, .^nd it takes only the 

nominal amount of four dollars for annual dues to become a member of the 


Of the many healthy v/orkers v/ho v;ill presently emigrate here v/e can expect 
that a G:reat number, before finding r^ainful emDloirment , will have urp;ent 
need of the advice and the assistance of our Society, since they do not 
know the lan^ua^e here and will easily fall victim to adverse circumstances. 



But if we extend a helpin.^ hand to these ne'.vcom.ers at first we will, throu^rh _ 

them, preserve a part of that immense workin'^ power and efficiency of our g 

people which has won the admiration of all thinkinf^ persons not only here, D=! 
but also on the other side of the ocean* 

7/e can, therefore, take the liberty to tell our German countrymen that we 
consider it their duty to support the '>eriTian Society by c^ivinr it more en- 
thusiastic co-operation. They will thereby li'iuidate their obligation to 


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those who are forced by adverse conditions of everyday life to call 
upon the Society for temporary aid. 

There is no real reason v^iy the majority of our better situated Germans 
should not consider the menbershin list of the German Society as an honor 
roll, bearin?' their names as so many testimonials of their charity and 
interest in the common welfare. 



In viexv of the fact that there v;ere far fewer v/ell-to-do Germans in 1854 ^ 

than are nov; blessed v;ith earthly .^'oods, the German Society should have 2 

prop-ressed on a far larp-er scale than has actually been the case. There L^ 
should not be just 250 members but thousands of them. 

>/e are, therefore, addressing an ur.-ent apoeal to our German fellow citi- 
zens to join the German Society and, by helping in the fulfillment of the 
hard task with which it is confronted, to erase the poor marks of the past 
forever . 

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In behalf of the Trernan Society: 

'The ^ ronotion vClonunittee: 

Jack Beiersdorf, 184-^6 ./abash Avenue; 

;.:ax :]berhardt, Corner Canal and I^andolph Jtreots ; 'p: 

•'^eo. Buehler, 7P Fifth Avenue; C 

.iTt. Jrbe, City Hall; ;g 

II-3nry Biroth, 86 .^rchsr ..venue; o 

V/. .1. rletivich, Sher;Tian House; oo 

Carl Lot 2, 73 .*. ^I^/zelfth street; i::^ 

Henry //. Hill, 142 Dearborn Street. ^ 

P. 3. ;.:embership a^-:lications v;ill be accer^ted at the office of the German 
Society, 51-53 La .ialle Street; also by members of the Promotion Corrjnittee. 


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Chleagoer Arbeiter Zeltim^. Apr. 18, 1880« 


After the play there will be a large ball. The play is called "Der Gerade ^ 
Wegist der Beste*^ (The Straight Hoad is the Best)* It is a very fine comedy* ^"^ 

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A cheerful ball was held last Sunday in Albert Lorenz Vokshall on Cornell St* 
The Society had made a lodge for people v/ho neither could nor would join lodges 
already in operation; hence this Lodge was to help such persons* The party was 
very interesting and entertained by Fritz Reuter Grote and Zumbuch — Comrade 
Ed Cook made short speech in his mother tongue. 

Later on all the young people enjoyed themselves by dancing, to tunes of a 
very fine orchestra. 


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Illinois 3taats-Zeitung > Dec. 29, 1879. 



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The brewery workers and maltsters met at the 7orv;aerts Turnhalle (Forward ^^ 
Turner Kail) yesterday afternoon to form a permanent association. About one :x7 
hundred persons were present. Gustave Zinke r^resided, and F. Steinert func- ^ 
tioned as secretary. After reading of the minutes LIr. Zinke was elected ^ 
unanimously as president of the association for the next six months. Steinert 
was elected similarly as secretary, Henry Bussian became treasurer , and 
l^rtin Huss vice president. Yiartin Stengle v;as appointed member of the com- 
mittee to draft bylaws in the absence of Lxuenz, who was out of tovm. 

President Zinke declared, that the association '/^s founded to help the members 
and their families in case of sickness or death. A rough draft of the con- 
stitution, \yhich explained the matter in f::reater detail, ^^s then read to the 
assembly. Besides the previously mentioned officials, three directors will 
be added to the association, and a regular session is to be held every three 

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months.  • 

The constitution will not be adopted in its present fomi but is to be thoroughly r; 
revised by a committee which will submit its report at the next session. It -o 
^vas tentatively agreed that every member should contribute one dollar. Charles o 
Buchmann was then elected unanimously as financial secretary of the organiza- '^ 
tion. Adolph Schaefer, John Stienert, and j'ilhelm ICoehler became directors. ro 
After a larp:e number of initiation fees \;ere coli^jcted the meeting was adjourned <^ 
until Sunday, Jan. 11, 1880; same location. 

iTie association v;ill rive a dance in January. 

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Die Faokel , (Chicagoer Arbeiter Zeitung), June 29, 1879, 



Arranged by the Coliimbia U# Union Lodge of the ♦•German Order of Harugari»» 
for the benefit of the Sick-Fund , 

Sunday, June 29, at Ogden's Grove • 



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A ball held last night at the Muller^s Halle which is being sponsored by F 
the Luxttiburg Widow and Orphan's Benevolent Society, was well attended* 
Everyone present was in a humorous mood* Mr* Gonner, the publisher of 
the Luxemberg Zeitung, delivered an impressive address, which was received 
with much cheer* 





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Yesterday at Ogden's Grove a banner dedication was celebrated and a picnic 
was held by the Hariigari Order of Chicago. 

Mr» Phillip Kohler gave the main address from which we quote the following 
interesting items about the origin and history of the order:- 

Almost 27 years ago twelve noble Grerman men, filled with indignation about 
the position of the Germans in America at that time met in New York, and 
founded a brotherly association for the protection and support of German 
immi^ants, and gave it the name "Deutscher Harugari Order •" Its purpose 
was to be: To maintain and propagate the German language in the United 
States; to give the ^erman speaking citizen of the United States a chance 
to cultivate their intellectual and material interests and to elevate 
their social standing; to establish fraternal cdliances for this purpose 
everywhere, to help the suffering and those in need of assistance, 
attending the sick, burying the dead, supporting the widows, to be as a 
father to orphans, to distribute the spirit of real humanity, etc* 

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Illinois Staats Zeitun^t July 10, 187 6 

Honor to theml The grain of corn which has heen sowed 27 years ago, has 
grown in many German hearts, and developed into a mighty Oak tree, the 
"branches and 'twigs of which are extending all over the States of America 
and lately also the shoots have taken root in the old Fatherland. 

The Order has today more than 400 Lodges, and a membership of 40,000 
citizens in this co\intry. 

To give you an idea of the charitable activity of oiir Order, you will 
permLt me to quote to you the statistics about the standing and activities 
of the D. 0. H. in the United States of America in the two years from 
1872 to 1874* 

According to this, the -total capital of the Lodges amounts to $400,000.00 
Brothers supported in those two years numbered 6,225 with $114,382.00; 777 
widows and orphans. $70,000.00; butied 583 brothers, widows of brothers, 
304. Spent for funerals $62,266.87. Distributed for general charitable 
purposes $76,704.11. In this way was paid out by the Order in two years 
the huge sum of $308,657-84 for aid and assistance* 

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The oldest Lodge in Chicsigo was foxmded in 1858 by 25 German citizens,- 
only three of the foiinders are left and rejoicing in the celebration 
tonight, they are the faithfiil brothers: Jacob Poths, Fritz Groth and 
Priedrich Heidel, to whom it must have been a profound satisfaction to 
see that the work of their life in the service of the Har\igari has not 
been fruitless* 

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A picnic md t'^ blessinr; of the il'i s of t-:e r:arup:ari Crcier of Chic*;;-c tooA 
place 3r'3sterday in O.^den's Grove, rho rarurnirl choir sang the beautiful 
song "This is the Day of the Lord**. The spe^^kcr, It. Ph. F'ohler gave a 
bri 'f historic?'! sketch of the order. lie s'-id: *'Har ily 27 years a^^o, on 
I.'arch 9, 1847, t^/elve Gerrp.n inen assemble', in ^ye*; York, deeply resentful on 
account of the hunble attitude of the 'iorrnans to\7ard3 the li.iericans. To pro- 
tect the '^err.'ian i::Mnifr-int they foriried a fraternvj.l ord'c?r and called it D. C. 
II., havin,- ss its purpose: The preserva-ision' of the Geri'? n language in the 
United St-^.tes, the promotion of the intellectual ::nd lateri 1 interests of 
Gernt'.n spe-kinr,; citizens, help for the needy ones, suo^oort I'or the v/idov/s, 

Today the order has ovor 400 lod[^es and a r^embership of over 30,000. Tlie 
total capital of the lod,';^es is over H00,000. Help v/as provided durinp:. the 
last t'./o years to 0,225 brethren v/ith vll4,387; for 777 v/idov;s nd orphans, 
07O,uCO; funeral expenses v/oie v62,266.87. 

The H rugari oruor established its first lodge in Illinois in 1848, one year 
after it \n3 founder in :'ev; York. The first Illinois lodge v/as located in 

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the tovm of Galena. Thero nre nine iod;'-;es in Chic • o, the oldeist of v.-hich 
iv^s fou^:ded in 1858. Cnl^- three riei-^bers of this oldest lod^e ar ; still with 
us. They are: J~.c. Poths, Fritz •'^■roth and ""red Ileidel. It must be a satis- 
f^.ction for them to assist at today's celebration. 


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The Chicago Times , September 10, 1874* 

The German Relief and Aid Society has made the following condensed report of 
its doings during the month of Atigust: Eight hundred and fifteen men and 959 i 
women applied for relief or work; 54 persons weresupported during the month, 
and were given money or shelter; 6 persons wer'=» suDTolied with railroad tickets; 
17 were sent to the Alexian Brothers hospital; 6 to the German-American dis- 
pensary* Out of 522 persons that applied for work, only 151 were supplied* 

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ir^lnoi.; Jtc. to- J -i -i , jul;^ 1, 1''72 

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rui::n.t '. jio 


ov; celeore.t'js it 


to "provide siol: bonox'its  n:l .i.'3 iiicar.^ oe, e^^cclall^^ or the o ^or'^r 


but ■••a3 also iven ^-l 
■■)rrts of t'le couutry* 

to t'le "^r •'■ :i::c.tion o.l* ';! Liar societies *.:i ^t'ler 

T-19 ai^nlverscir'^ -./rs ■jolejr-^t -d last ->'' In lie laj.l oi tie x^^urorn 

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;.i".:na3iu::, .liore tic :^eeortion ol dele;;ates i*ro: : J ' 'i:- ijinr-tl , ''etroit, 
Lexin'^ton, ?' ilalel vr.a, •.. a.ia, ta.a, ' il'-^uloe, a >d .t. I.ouis tool ) ace. 



Illinois Staats-Zeitung , Aug, 22, 1B70* 

(August 1, 1869 to August 1, 1870) 


Cash in treasury on August 1, 1869 • $3,728»92 

Premiums, policies, and admission faes».»##.»#«« •••••••••••••••••••l^fH^»^l 

For funerals • • • 4:74o00 



Sick Benefits ^,311.13 

Dividends ••• 337.50 

Salaries 1,723.53 


Interest •••••••••••••••••••••••••••• •• •••••< 

Drawn from treasury • ♦•.••••••...••••♦••••••• ^>^^9*?® 

Agenta' arrearages. • ••••••••o« ••• • • •* 

Total $82,204.79 co 

1^458.07 2 

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Illinois Stacits-Zeitung , .lUg* Zc^ IbVO. 

Revenue stamps, advert isements, etc * 4'6^)iZ1.^0 

Deposited in treasury 1,151.^5 

Funerals ^ ^Jj-^J 

Commissions 'd^'oll.'dl 

Total. ^1V,67^..46 (sic) 

Cash in treasury • • s?^ >Bb^. 25 

Cash in hands of secret dry • • • 60*50 

Cash in hands of agents., •... • • •• If 453. 07 

Notes ; l^Q'*^^ 

Total all disbursements #22,204.7y 


Cash in treasury* '^ *^Ao*^n 

Cash in hands of secretary • •• 50.30 

Cash in hands of agents • •••• lf453.07 





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IllinQis Staats-Zeitung , .^ug, 22, 1B70* 

Materials ^00.00 

Kotes 160.V1 

Appliances and books. • •• 495.50 

Total ^5,425.65 

Liabilities 242.10 

Total net worth. • • • ^5,185.:35 

I'Cembership on August 1, 1869. • •• « ; .1,026 

Received into .nembdrsliip • ••••• • 531 

Ilemberships cancelled • .•.•••.••#.» 497 

Membership on August 1, 1370. •.•. • • .1,060 

Ten hundred and sixty rnernbers (among them 21 worsen) were sick a totcil of 
6,625*7 weeks and received ^,311.1o in sick benefits, averaging .;;51.36 per 
person or sJl^.bS per v/eek, while during the previous year loo persons were 
3ick 5,404.7 weeks and received ,pl2.79 per week, or ^2.76 per person. 



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IllliiQls Staats-Zeitungt Aug. 22, 1870# 

The total benefit payments made to 265 persons over a period of 6,623#7 
weeks amounted to $8,5lia;5# Benefits paid since July 28, 1855 amounted to 

In accordance with a resolution passed August 14, 1869, rates for new members 

were increased 15 per cent; the old members pay the original rates* It is 

in the interest of the Association that all members, old and new, pay the 

prevailing rates* ^anslator's note: This sentence lacks clarity* It was 

translated verbatim^/ 

C* Knobelsdorff , President 

W» Katerbau, Secretary* 

This is to certify that we have compared the above report with the records 
of the secretary and have found tnem to agree in every respect. 

Chicago, Illinois, August 18, 1870; 
The Finance Committee: 
William S* Golsen, 


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Illinois Staats-Zeitung , .lUg. 2S, 1870. 

Herrmann Kaestner, 
Louis Blohm. 






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I A 3 (Published at the request of the Verein) 

Despite the fact that the entrance fee was raised last winter, the membership 
of the Chicago Arbeiter-Verein ha^ steadily increased. The new constitution 
has been printed and every meraber has received a copy. As far as v;e can judge 
at this time, the Verein will do well under it. The finances of the Verein 
are in good condition. The library of the Verein has been enlarged considerably, 
and the members have contributed their share to charity/. It is hardly necessary 
to remind the members that the Verein is obligated to participate in every good 
work. Thus far, the organization has a ^ood record in this respect. 

The following contributions were made for benevolent purposes during the past 
six months: 





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II B 2 f Illinois Staats-Zeitung , May 26, 1862. 

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nB 1 a For Becker's Regiment ^ 50.00 

II D 10 For the wives of Union soldiers 205.00 

I A 3 For sick and woxinded soldiers 50.00 ^ 

Total ;;?305.00 ^ 

I thank the members and friends of the Verein who have assisted in obtaining 
these contributions. 

Disbursements for Library 

For periodicals: 

From November, 1861 to February, 1862 3 35.00 

From February, 1862 to Uay, 1862 37.00 

Total $ 72.00 


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II B E f Illinois Staats-Zeituns t Liay 26, 1862. 

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IIB 1 a For books and binding: 

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I A 3 From November, 1861 to February, 1852 h?135.00 

From February, 1862 to L5ay, 1862 88>00 

Total ^223.00 

If the library of a society may be considered a barometer of the educational 
standing of the members, we can vieiv our shelves and cases with g3?eat satis- 
faction, since we have purchased the works of Dickens, Sir V/alter Scott, 
Feuerbach, Hacklaender, Freiligrath, Cooper, Auerbach, Spindler, etc. The 
report of the librarian shows that our members are making good use of this 
source of education. 

The English night school which our Verein maintains for the benefit of the 
members has been in session regularly througiiout the winter, which shows that 
our members also appreciate this opportunity to acquire knowledge. And the 
attendance would certainly have been much larger if the school vjere more 

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II B 2 f Illinois Staats-Zeitung , llay 26, 1852. 

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lEB 1 a centrally located, and if many had not been prevented by business, 

II D 10 v/ork, etc. from attending the school. 

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The Verein also provided for the choral section. The entertainment 
given for the benefit of our singers netted o47.7£, and this sum was turned 
over to the treasurer with the express understanding that he use the money to 
purchase music, etc. 

Fortunately, there were not many cases of siclaiess among the members; we seldom 
had more than three cases at a time, and there were no deaths. 

Our affiliation v;ith the Peoria Arbeiter- Verein, should it materialize, will be 
the first step in our endeavor to spread the principles laid dovm in our consti- 
tution. It is desirable that our members who make their homes in other cities 
try to organize an Arbeiterverein there, using our constitution as a model, so 
that eventually anyone who leaves Chica^,o and settles in some other city will 
find an affiliated society in which he may become a member, and thus continue to 

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II B 2 f Illinois Staats-Zeltung > May 26, 1862. 

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I B 1 a receive the benefits which he nov; enjoys as a member of the Chicago 

II D 10 Arbeiter-Verein. 
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0\ir 3imday evening entertainments have always been very well attended. 
It would be a great advantage to the members if thi committee on lectures could 
provide for a lecture every tv/o weeks. Besides stimulating the mind and increas- 
ing the kn07;ledge of ambitious members and their friends, such lectures would, 
in my opinion, be the best means of getting rid of the class of people that 
thinks only of itself and its amusement and gives no thought to the responsibility 
which the Verein assumes v;hen it arranges for this kind of entertainment. Let 
no one say that these people are afflicted v;ith boredom only at certain lectures. 
The fact is that they are bored at every serious lecture. That v/as proved at the 
lecture on the death of Love joy, a martyr to the cause of liberty. Fortunately, 
there are only a few who place little value on education, and the sooner these 
people cease coming to our hall when serious topics are discussed, the better it 
will be for all concerned. And even if the subject matter is above the mental 
capacity of some of those who come to the meeting place of the Verein, they ought 



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II 3 2 f Illinois Staats-Zeitung > my 26, 1862. 

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H 3 1 a to have manners enough not to disturb those who v/ant to listen, and 

II D 10 should show enough respect Tor the lecturer to be quiet at least 

I A 3 while he is speaking 

At the last meeting, the members elected a committee which has the duty of 
obtaining fuel at less than retail cost. I have a recommendation to make in 
regard to this matter. The Verein has some money in a bank. How about using 
it to buy fuel at wholesale for the benefit of members, and the treasury of 
the Verein? If each member should save only fifty cents by buying a ton of 
coal from the Verein, anc the Verein should realize seventy-five cents on the 
transaction, the member would have a substantial saving, and, with coal at 
four dollars per ton, the Verein »3 money vjould have an earning capacity as 
follows : 

Net profit on investment i^lOO s?18.75 

ft Tf ff tf 400 75.00 

n TT ti ft 533 100.00 


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II 3 2 f Illinois Staats-Zeitung , my 26, 1862. 

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HB 1 a That certainly is more than a banlc pays, or can pay. And that is but 

II D 10 three fifths of the entire p2X)fit, since the fifty cents saved by the 

I A 3 purchaser must be considered also. Thus, if we would invest the whole 

of our bank balance ($533), the entire profit v;ould be §100 for the 
Verein and ^?66.66 for the members. That would be a gain of 31^ per cent, and 
the danger of loss v/ould be eliminated because all transactions wo\ild be for cash 
only. I recommend that the Verein give this matter serious consideration. 

At the end of the last quarter the membership of the Verein was 389, a gain of 

I have the great pleasure of informing you that a much friendlier spirit now 
prevails in our business meetings. When there is debating, it is done with less 
bitterness, and without sarcastic references to individuals. Thus the spirit of 
brotherhood is growing stronger, and as long as it asserts its power, the Verein 
will flourish. 

Theodor Hielscher, 

President of Chicago Arbeiter-Verein 





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D. Benevolent and Protective 


2* Insurance Companies 




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Abendpost^ Apr« 9^ 1926* 


Among the inaiisr nnitual aid societies, the low-German guilds take an out stand- ^ 

ing place* They not only give a life insurance for (500 , but also sick aid ^ 

of $8 per week up to $1432. It is as far-reaching and liberal as any thrifty >:^ 

and economic administration can be* p 

The low-German guilds selected the oak as their symbol and, like it, they defy § 
every storm and every danger. Also who is less able can join the guilds be- ^ 
cause of its low costs and every decent and healthy person, man or woman alike, ^ 
between eighteen and forty-five years of age and who understands the German cr 
language, may become a member of the guilds* The low-German guilds have 
grown into one of the largest, most popular, and surest types of German aid 
societies* Its favorable conditions, liberal aid, thrifty administration, 
cmd security of existence, make them a very blessed aid and insurance group 
of our times* 


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Abend post, Apr. 9, 1926# 

Pbr more detailed infoimation one may apply to the Grotgilde office, 2046 West 
, North Avenue (Wicker Park Hall). 




II D I Abendpost , March 21, 1904 

To the Editor of the "Abendpost**. 

In yesterday's Sonntagspost appeared a report about the Order of the "Hitter 
and Damen von America" (Knights and Ladies of America) accoicling to which the 
State Insurance Department has taken steps to prevent the continuation of the 
Order's "business in this State. As by this article the named society, which 
consists mainly of Germans, has been placed in a. critical situation, I wish 
herewith to clear up the entire affair. 

As is well-known the State demands, according to the new Insurance Laws, that 
every Grand-Lodge that falls under the category of "Fraternal Beneficiary 
Societies" must send in certain reports to Springfield every year. But the 
former States-Attorney, General Maloney, had maae the decision, that the 
Order of the "Knights and Lsidies of America" was not directly subjected to this 
State control, because it is, so to speak, only a V/elfare Society* 

The Order of the "Knights and Ladies of Anerica" has today not a single penny 

II D 2 -2- GEHMAN 

II D I AbendT)ost , March 21, 1904 

of debts and is financially one of the hest situated in Illinois. If I am not 
mistaken, there are pending similar lawsuits in the Chicago Courts against 
well-known Chicago German Societies* Those Societies tried to create a so- 
called "test" case, whether the State is really within its right to force 
the Cluhs to submit a report every year to Springfield. The fact sJLone, that 
a Society does not send its annual report to Springfield is no proof that the 
Order is in a doubtful condition. The Grand Lodge of the "Knights and Ladies 
of America" has now resolved, in order to prevent any misunderstanaing, - to send 
these annual reports to Springfield. 

Yours truly. 

Max Rohden, Grand President. 

Remark of the Editor. 

Resting upon an error of the Court Reporter in question, the news found its 
way into the Press that Judge Dunne issued last Saturday such an injunction 

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II D I Abendpost, March 21, 1904 

against the alDove said Order, while in fact he declined the immediate issue 
of a temporary injunction with the argument, that in consideration of the 
aims of the Order and the interests of its rrembers he does not find it proper 
to comply with the motion made by the State Insurance Superintende^it Vredenhurg, 
Judge Dunne requested of the Grand Oiiicials ol the uraer that tney deposit 
their Lodge monies at the same bank as before and this promise was given. 
The Grand Lodge of the Order has now twenty days time in which to answer to 
the motion bf the Insurance Superintenfent, and before the case is decided, 
two months may elapse. At present the Grand Lod^ie and the subordnated Lodges 
can manage their business in the customarj'' wsy# 


ADendpost, December 3I. 1S9S. y^pA (Ui.) P^U.ou./O 


Every German-Ajnerican can be proud of the Germanla Life Insurance Companjr. 
This Company was established in 1S60 "by Hugo Wesendonck. This concern did 
not desire to glory in extra-ordinary results, but to act in the interest 
of the insured, according to the best German principles. This character- 
istic has prevailed up to this time. 

The Germania Life Insurance Company is the only American Insurance Company, 
which is permitted to function in the whole German Empire* Two Separate 
investigations of their business method and financial standing resulted in 
a testimony confirming their methods and standing as sound. Mr. B. Gold- 
smith and Dr. L. Starkel are the local General Managers. Their office is 
located at 79 N. Dearborn Street. 

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AbendT)08t. February 17 » 1896- 


Under the name "Veritas" there was yesterday founded at Ul H. Clark Street 
a Club for the purpose of giving Insurance to male and female employees of 
any kind, free medical service in cases of sickness; also free medicine and 
a free room In a hospital or private home. Unemployed members shall be 
assisted to obtain work in case of wage disputes receive a free lawyer and 
advancement of legal and court fees. The officials were elected: for 
president! D. Clemens; for business manager; Gustav Strelow»- 


Abendpost, Jan» 2/6, 1891. 


The German Fire Insurejioe Ccmpany cf the Ijcrthside held their /iimual 
meeting last 1115- ht at the ?clz Halle, corner Larrabee end North Avenue. 

Of 1500 members only 500 appeared, and they started to elect officers* 

The report cf the Secretary showed f>2,S50,000»00 of insurance vms re- 
ceived for the past six months. The enount of money en hand is $58,549.00 
of v/hich part is cash, hov/ever, most cf it is in Governr.ient Bonds. 

General expenses for the len-jth cf oeriod were .''6,287»00 

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Die Abendpost, Jan. 17, 1890« 

Yearly Meetijog and Election 

Folz^s hall, comer North Avenue & Larrabee was the assembly place for hxmdreds 
of the Mutual Insurance Company •s 1700 members^ 

President Mathias Schmitz, other officials elected. Half yearly report. 
^59,378.98. ^ j y f 

Capital in bonds and money j{223,545.63. 

Capital, premium notes, and $^2,980,600 obligations for its active polices. 
Net profit ^3,000. 

The last amount is to become the initial fund for the erection of their 
own Administration bldg. In the vicinity of Fullerton and Belmont Ave* a 
branch is contemplated* 


D. BeneYolent and Protect iTe 

3. Hospitals, Clinics and Medical 


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Abendpost , July 30, 1931. 


Doctor Sahm, l.!ayor of the city of Berlin, made the s nnouncement that Julius 
Hosenv^ald of Chicacro has donated the sum of Si, 000, 000, to be used for the 
erection of a dental clinic for children in the city of Berlin. 


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II D 7 Sonntagpost > Oct, 20, 1929. 

One Tells The Next One* Our Deeds Show That We Are Not A 

Crooked Organization. Be Convinced 


Become a member. Our membership increases daily. Dues: $2.00 per year. 

We give free information to our members, free advice in all matters; free 
employment service, immigration problems; legal matters, translation, 
instruction, medical and dental departments, are at your disposal* 

Let your worries be our worries. German -American Universal V/orld Service 
Bureau, for the furtherance and benefit of Germanism. 179 North VJells 
Street, Chicago. Telephone: Central 4191-92. 



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Abendpost . Apr. 13, 1929 • 


Chicago Association of Commerce Opposes Action Taken 

by Chicago Medical Association 

The steps taken by the Chicago Medical Society to deny the privilege of further 
membership to Doctor Louis Ernst Schmidt, director of the Illinois Social Hy- 
giene League, because of his philanthropic activities, was unanimously condemn- 
ed by members of the Chicago Association of Commerce, in a special meeting call- 
ed to protest against the expulsion* 

Business men of Chicago thus expressed their disapproval of the action of the 
Medical Society, saying that the action was opposed to the best interests of the 
public welfare. The Association appointed a special committee, ^irtiich will at- 
tempt to serve as mediator in this affair* 

A strong supporter of this plan is Dr. Frank M. Billings, of the University of 
Chicago. He is the author of the ethical principles, designed chiefly for the 
Medical Association, on the basis of which Dr. Schmidt has now been disciplined* 

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Abendpost , Apr. 13, 1929. 

Doctor Billings recalled the outstanding philanthropical endeavors of the 
high-minded ousted physician, and paid him a great tribute.... Numerous other 
prominent Chicagoans addressed the meeting in protest against the ouster. 

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Abendpost , Apr. 12, 1929. 

Doctor Rachelle Yarros Also Resigns from Chicago Medical Association 

The same ethical motives which prompted Doctor Bundesen to withdraw from the 
Chicago Medical Association have led Doctor Yarros to sever her connection 
with that organization. Dr. Yarros, a colleague of Doctor Louis Ernst Schmidt, 
has thus added to the city-wide perplexity over the case. 

The following announcement was made yesterday by President Scott of Northwestern 
University: "Alleviation of suffering is the chief interest in life for Doctor 
Schmidt, who never analyses the financial status of his patients. This insti- 
tution was privileged in having Doctor Schmidt's unequalled services, freely 
contributed to the University over a period of thirty years. He serves as di- 
rector of the Urological Department of Northwestern University, notwithstanding 
the fact that his practice requires almost all of his precious time. 


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IV (Jewi sh ) 

IV Abendpost . Apr. 12, 1929. 

"This institution publicly expresses its highest regard for that recognized 
medical authority, who gives of his knowledge so unreservedly for the general 
benefit of mankind. Northwestern University wishes to make it generally known 
that the expulsion of Doctor Schmidt from the Medical Association is no re- 
flection upon his reputation as an outstanding humanitarian, and that he shall 
remain the highly esteemed teacher and associate of this institution.*^ 

Tlien commenting upon physicians' fees, which, in his estimation, are already too 
exorbitant for the poor and the middle-class alike, President Scott said that 
moderate fees must serve as the foundation for the expansion of the practice of 
the reputable physician. '^Lamentations of the incapable servants of public 
health must not be permitted to exert a detrimental effect upon the high purposes 
of medical science.'* 

Doctor Louis L. Mann, professor at the University of Chicago, in his comment up- 
on the much discussed case, said the time has come when the medical profession 

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Abendpost , Apr, 12, 1929 • 


must accept new ethics  He also asserted that while Doctor Schmidt's il- 
lustrious achievements have dimmed his popularity with the Medical Association 
the future will reveal him to have been the pioneer of a new era* 

The Association of Commerce also announced its intention of making public the 
stand taken by the organization regarding the ouster of Doctor Schmidt. 

rijji-T^.'t^T;:;-'^^" -«^(^ iw ■»»> 

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Abendpost , Apr. 11, 1929 

Coroaep Announces His Resignation as Menber of The Chicago Medical Association 

The hostile attitude shown toward Dr. Louis Ernst Schmidt, the widely known 
physician and philanthropist, by the Chicago i^iedical Association has stirred 
the citizens of Chicago beyond words, and has had immediate consequences of 
an unpleasant nature* 

As a direct result of the irrevocable decision of the organization Doctor 
Hermann N, Bundesen, Coroner, and former Health Commissioner, has declared 
himself on common grounds with Doctor Schmidt, and has therefore chosen to 
withdraw as a member of the Association. 

Doctor Schmidt •s humanitarianism has been profoundly appreciated by Doctor 
Bundesen, who, in a letter to the Medical Association, revealed the reasons 

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Abendpost , Apr* 11, 1929  

for his resignation. Therein he denounces the disproportionately high 
medical cost for the family ^"hose income varies between $1,500 and $5,000 
annually, however," he said,''the clinical charges of hospitals, sanitariums, 
laboratories, etc. are high in comparison to the physician* s fees. Thus, 
illness must be looked upon as a luxury, too costly for the middle class. 
However, If si clmess does occur , the only alternative would be to ask for credit 
and to incur debts • But this is not the American wayj the American people 
do not choose to beg.** 

Continuing, Doctor Bundesen referred to Dr. M. L. Harris, president of the 
American Medical Association, the central organization for local medical 
associations, as having been the originator of the plan for more and bigger 
hospitals and clinics, the benefit of which should adhere to the citizen 
regardless of his or her station in life. He has submitted that plan to the 
Chicago Medical Association. 

As a member of the Supervisory Committee of the Illinois Social Hygiene 

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Abendpost , Apr* 11, 1929. 

League, Doctor Bundesen has repelled all attacks laade upon Doctor Schmidt, 
whom he regards as a man of high ideals, honored throughout the world in 
professional circles • 

Expressing profound regret over the vjhole unfortunate affair, the former 
Commissioner of Health condemned the act of the Medical Association, adding 
that he no longer could remain a member of that organization. However, in 
the interests of mankind, he looked forward to the time when the Medical 
Association would recognize its gross mistake and then take steps to correct it« 

The Rosenwald Foundation, as well as the University of Chicago and various 
other polyclinics, which were also under the attack of the Medical Association, 
has, through its manager, IJir. Edward N, Hurley, energetically condemned the 
stand taken by that organization. Moreover, he has announced that these 
institutions will continue the benevolent v;ork, regardless of the attacks to 
which they are subjected by that corporation* ...^ 

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Abendpost > Apr. 11, 1929. 

Dr. Charles Mayo, director of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., expressed 
his sympathy with Doctor Schmidt, using, hov;ever, extreme caution so as 
not to incur the enmity of the Medical Association. 

Doctor Schmidt, in the meantime, has chosen not to make his future plans 




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Abeudpostt Apr. 10, 1929. 


Majority of Lenbers Condenji Jocial Relief .vction Proposed. by Urologist 

The Chicago Medical rvssociation .las taken stens to expel one of its most 
prominent Members, the widely knovm urologist Dr. Louis nlrnst Jchmidt. 
This action was taken on the grounds of his alleged unethical conduct. 
The executive body of the l^edical Jociety has accused Doctor ochmidt, 
president of the Public Health Institute and the Illinois Hygiene League, 
of having extended medical assistajice to patients for either a very 
nominal charge or, as v/as often the case, for no charge v/hatsoever. 

Since the Public Health Institute does conduct a rather extensive advertising 
campaign in nev/spapers, his conduct has been regarded as a direct challenge 
to the Medical Association. This organization, acting to protect its members, 
states that, as a consequence, medical men v/ith private practices have no 


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Abendpost , Apr. 10, 1929 • 

chance whatsoever to remain in the field of competition. 

The Medical Association met last night at 185 North ^labash Avenue to discuss 
this so-called unethical conduct and to deliberate upon the expediency of 
ousting Dr. Louis E. Schmidt, the world famous physician. Several himdreds 
of the 4,500 members of the Association attended the special meeting, \rtiich 
was held behind locked doors. However, the distinguished guardians of the 
physical welfare became oblivious to everything except their animosity, and 
thus raised their agitated voices to a high pitch. This was, of course, 
meat for the reporters, who, in their usual manner, waited on the other side 
of the door and scarcely missed a word of the lively discussion. 

Doctor Schmidt a distinguished-looking gentleman of sixty years, has faithfully • 
served suffering humanity during the greater part of his lifetime. Now, however, 
this distinguished medical authority, recognized and honored by colleagues 
throughout the world, and by his fellow-citizens as well, had to listen to the /:^ ^. 

II D 5 - 3 - GERMAN 


Abendpost , Apr* 10, 1929 • 

accusations brought against him by the assembly, as it ascribed unethical methods 
to him« 

Furthermore, the usual courtesy of giving the accused a chance in his omi 
defense was altogether denied Doctor Schmidt, and when Doctor Yarros, of the 
Public Health Institute attempted to intercede in behalf of Doctor Schmidt, 
she was noisily defeated. And because of these parliamentary tactics. Doctor 
Schmidt was utterly helpless and was unsuccessful in his demand for a hearing* 
Only after the assembly had agreed almost unanimously upon his ouster from 
the Medical Association, was order restored, and the accused physician at last 
permitted to speak. 

Doctor Schmidt pointed out that the institution of which he is president has 
extended free treatment to innumerable thousands of sick persons in impoverished 
circumstances. "Furthermore, ♦* he said '♦the institution pursues a different aim 
than that of making profit.*' It is also true that, through their connection 

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Abendpost , Apr. 10, 1929. 

with the Public Health Institute, our clinics have achieved outstanding 
success in combating venereal diseases. 

This venerable humanitarian and unselfish man, who has assisted many a younp; 
man in his medical career, and who has treated many of his own private patients 
without receiving remuneration, was grieved beyond expression as he addressed 
the assembly. He said: "Is it considered a great wrong if a physician offers 
his services to an institution which was founded with the purpose of alle- 
viating suffering among mankind? Must I discontinue my efforts and interest 
in humanity because the Public Health Institute, by means of extensive adver- 
tising, has chosen to warn the general public of the seriousness of venereal 
diseases? If this is requested of me, my reply is that I cannot comply 
with this request. Moreover, I demand that the executives of the Chicago 
Medical Association regard my point of view as absolutely ethical, and that 
they institute immediate action by which medical science would be at the 
disposal of the great masses." Doctor Schmidt's proposal to submit his case 

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Abendpost > Apr, 10, 1929. 

to a more thorough study, which would result in the withdrawal of his pro- 
posed ouster, was given prompt and very swift consideration. The Medical 
Association immediately announced that Doctor Schmidt had been found guilty, 
and that his expulsion had been demanded a second time. 

It appears most likely that other well-known members of the Chicago Medical 
Association are confronted v/ith a similar fate. The physicians thus threatened 
are: Dr. Hermann N. Bundesen, Coroner; Dr. Rachelle Yarros, and Dr. J. L. 
Miller, all of whom are members of the Administrative Council of the Social 
Hygiene League. They, too, wholeheartedly approved of the Institute's exten- 
sive advertising campaign conducted in the fight against venereal diseases. 

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Iir H Sonntacspost, J-.n. 17, 1926, 


^^^ m PHOi. 3027'^ 

60-Y1:AR JUBILl^S. 

At the boginninr of t^^'^ ye-ir 1926, the ilsxian brothers Iiospital rounds out 
the 60th ve'^.r of it^ uninterruioted activity in the service of suiiering hu- 
rn?mity in the United St^^.tes, and p?.rticul'^rl3r in Chic^^:'0. The submission of 
the 60th yearly report o.:' the -Uexr n Tospit'-.l, v/ould cert-^inly appear in- 
complete to its friends and admirers v/itshout a short historical retrospect, 
especially for those, who v/ere witnesses of r.nd pirticipants in the origin-^.l 
development, ^^nd the activity of these pioneers of Christ i-n Karitas and of 
hospital org- 'niz at ions. 

The xoundin[^ of the Alexian 'brothers association reaches back to the begin- 
ning of the 14th century, at which time a n'omber of men suffused with Christ- 
ian love formed an association, to c^re for the poor people, v/ho v/ere victiiris 
of the epidemic, to ease their sufferin^^ and to bury their dead. From this 
association of charitable i^en^ dev-lopei the nursinf^ order of the Alexian 
Brothers, which, in the course of time, spread to la-'ny institutions, devoted 
to Samaritan s.^rvices, all over J^urope. The latest settlements are institu- 
tions In Bavaria, Switzerland and Ireland. T?ie Alexian Brothers have discharged 

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their duties for over 600 3'ears, and the good reputati.n which the members 
of the association enjoy everjr;;here, is no doubt the best rev/ard for their 
self sacrificing v/ork. 

The General Tr-.ining Institute, the residence of the Superior General, has 
been since the 14th century, in \achen, the old Gerrnn city of l!:in:oerors. 
Some of the buildings including the chapel, have been in existence since the 
year 1481. In December, 1865, the Superior general of /vachen, sent Brother 
Bonaventura Thelen to Ar.ieric-^, for the purpose of establishing a settlement, 
and thereby to open up new fields for v/ork. 

Every beginning is difficult. Brother Honaventura had to ^.xperience it too. 
Kis crossing v/d.s an adventurous or.e. Ke vns shipwrecked, but v;as saved and 
finally landed on .Imorican soil. After looking nround in sever-.l cities of 
the ICast and ''id le '..'est, he thought he had discovered the best location in 
Chicago, on beautiful Lake Michigan, a growing city -There he could begin his 
difficult v/ork. 

T/ith the assist'ince and hospitality of noble minded people. Brother 3ona- 
ventura was enabled to pull through the h^-rd winter, and i.o make preparations 

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Sonnt a ;;spQst , J- n. 17, Vj26. 

zo carry on the great task entrusted to hiin* Cn Llarch ^Ist, 1866, the doc- 
urn-ent of the foundinr: of the first hospital y^ernorgency hospital} v/as prepared. 
An illustration of the spirit of Father Bonaventura is the fact, that he 
picked up the first cat lent on Franklin Street, carried him home on his back, 
laid him in his ov;n bed, and nur33d him devotedly, v/hile he himself had to 
dispense with a comfortable bed. 

The iollov;in^; year, when several ^^rothers v/ere sent over by the Llother House, 
it v/as decided to immediately start the buildin;3 of a hospital. Ilo'vever, the 
property was too small, ami, diocese property, could not be acquired. The 
Brothers therefore decided to buy a bin; piece of property between North Frank- 
lin and North Karket Streets; not far from. North Avenue. In the fall of 1867, 
-&he cornrrstone was laid for this hospital, v/hich in a year's time v/as ready to 
receive patients. Scarcely t ree ye-^rs after its erect "on, this hospital which 
cost so much money, was destroyed in the r^reat fire of 1871. Of the furnish- 
ings, only a little heap of ashes remained. According to official estiiixite, 
the loss amounted to a bout $100,000. 

'7ith undiminished courage, olans \/ere imjnediately drav/n up for a new building, 
and in the next year on the same spot a much larger hospital was erected, 

Sonntagspost, Jan. 17, 1926. 

which also served as the provinci- 1 I.other House, and novitiate of the Alex- 
ian brothers in this country'-. Tor reasons v/hich can be seen later, this hos- 
pital could n^t stay in the possession of the Iroth-rs after the year 1895, 

\ second hospital v/as erected by the brothers in the year 1869 in 3t • Louis, 
I.Io., on Osa.^e St. and Carondelet Rd,, v/hich preiaises are the hi^herrt situated 
in the city. The buildinr';s are surrounded by extensive ;^^rdens and parks, 
and 7/ith this hospital are connected, besides the surgical and :nedical de- 
Tj) rtr::ents, a s-mitarium for nervous diseases. In the year 1888 was fomided in 
Oshkosh, \/is., a third hospital, exclusively for nervous diseases. On account 
of the practical arrangement the quiet situation, with fenced parks and rest- 
inn; places, fully answers the deimnds rrade on an institution treating such 

Progress is and rermins the password of the Alexi-m ^rotherf^, and in the year 
1393 another hospit'~^l v/a.s built in the eastern oart of the Union, in Elizabeth, 
N. J, at r;^reat expense, 'I'he attendance at this hospital, situated alnost in 
the center of the city, is alv/ays very satisfactory. 

The gro'^rth of Chica-yo, v/hich even in liner ica is wi^^hout precedent, resulted 

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in the necessity oi buildin^^ elevated railroads, because the street cars were 
insufficient to handle the traffic. 7or this reason, the hos^oital on N. I.]ar- 
ket and Franklin 3ts», v.'hich -.-is in the path of the elevated road, had to give 
Y/ay • 

As soon as the necessity of a ne'v-honie appeared, the society did not hesitate 
to look around for a suitable building location and decided, after serious 
consideration, to buy a lot on '^elden and Racine Aves* On October 4, 1896, 
the cornerstone was l^id by Archbishop Feehan in the presence of an inir^.ense 
crowd, amidst great festivities preceded by an inposing parade. 

In Lla.y, 1916, the Alexian Brothers celebrated the bOth anniversary of the 
foundation of their conmiunity and institution in the United States, anidst 
solemn ceremonies and the participation of a multitude of people* The Alex- 
ian Brothers can look back with satisfaction upon the success they have 
achieved in the service of suffering mankind during their 60 ye^ in the 
United States, Althou-h there v/ere years of serious and exerting work, these 
sacrifices were not in vain. 

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Soimtagpost (Sunday Edition of Abendpost ) , Aug* 24, 1919. ^ 


The first steps have been taken in the enlargement of our Hospital* We have g 
launched a campaign for contributions* Through the generosity of the owners ^ 
of the Hotel Atlantic, formerly Kaiserhof , (Imperial Palace) we have established ^ 
an office there* This office serves as the headquarters for the distribution ^ 
of litex^ture* It is located in Room 118, and anyone who wishes to acquaint 
himself with our work is very welcome there. The pastors and congregations of 
Chicago, the Board of Directors of the Hospital, and the Ladies Auxiliary are 
making strenuous efforts to raise a building fund of at least two hundred and 
fifty thousand dollars. Since our institution carries on many charitable 
activities-- accepting and treating patients of all races, creeds, and colors, 
and spending from three hundred to four hundred dollars monthly for this purpose — 
we have many friends who are not affiliated with our religious organization, and 
they are also active in our cause. 

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iabendpost , Sept. 30, 1911. 

Flans for the new structure to be erected at Ilainilton Court and Grant Place 
have been approved. 

The nev7 German Plospital upon which work will comnence soon, is to be one of 
the most modern institutions of its kind in Chicago. The old hospital will, 
however, continue to operate until the completion of the nev/ structure. The 
management of the hospital meanwhile centers its activities on the raising 
of funds with which it hopes not only to defray the mortgages, but also to 
secure a reserve of working capital. 

The organization devoted to the support of the German Hospital vjas founded 
Dec. 17, 1883; it is a charitable in'^titution, CT^ntln^ no m':3terial gains to 
any one. Despite the shortage of funds, -the chief difficulty of the hospital, 
-it has nevertheless extended care to a multitude of patients whose finances 
did not permit them to get medical aid. The philanthropic Lirs. Konrad oeipp 




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endowed the hospital with §150,000, in fond memory of her husband and son. 
This fund has been increased by voluntary constributions from the following: 
Ivlrs. Henry Bartholomay, IixTS. -Gilbert F. L^adlener, l.irs. ^tto L. Schmidt, Miss 
Alma Seipp, IJr. iildwin G. Uihlein, I^ir. Charles Gindele, Llr. William C. Seipp, 
Ivirs. Ivdargarethe True Brand, the heirs of the late Ludwig Wolff, xMr. and Mrs. 
Joseph Theurer, Llr. August C. l^gnus, Llrs. William K. Rehm, Mrs. iindrev/ E. 
Leicht, Ivlrs. F. Madlener, Mrs. Jacob Birk, L'Ir. H. 0. Langhorst, Lir. A. Uhrlaub, 
I^. Hermann Paepcke, Mr. Henry ochoellkopf , Mr. A. Schwill, L/lr. Otto C, Butz, 
Idr. Harry Rubens, Mr. Fritz Glogauer, 2ir. .idam Ortseifen, Messrs. Gustavo 
Thaler, iiimil W. Wagner, John Kranz, Rudolph S. Blome, George and Edv/in Bolter, 
Mrs. Schumann-Heink, and many others. These donations have increased the 
funds available for the support of the German Hospital by ^100,000, and the 
vision of a new and modern institution has thus become a reality. 

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Abend:: ost , ^^g. 5, 1911. 

th::: -:nr.\::o.]Lic.ri d;i'.Cuic3o Hospii!i\L 

The nevrly constructed Evangelical Deaconess hos dtal is the first of 
its kind erected in Chic go by the German Ilvan^elical Synod. The 
institution is under the man .senent of the Deaconesses* Association, 
and located at i:organ Street and 54th Place. Public inspection is in- 
vited on August 13, betv/ee:: 3 and 5 o* clock in the aftomoon. It is a 
two story structure equipped with all the modern improvements. In 
addition to those patients admitted to the hospital, the Deaconesses, 
by the decision of the Association, will extend nursing care to out- 
side persons, whose admittance to the institution is impossible. 

The .Association consists of the following officials: Pastor B. C. Ott, 
president; Pastor 7/. Hattendorf, vice-president; Pastor A. 2. Lleyer, 
corres ondont; Pastor Gust. PCoch, secretai^'- of finances; Fred ICressmann, 
treasurer. •... 

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^ibendpost , I 'ay 15, 1911. 


* The dedication of the nursery, founded by Llrs. Levy Lleyer, and located at 
Union and Barber Streets, took place yesterday. The tTwo-story building is 
equipped with all the modern improvements, Every child vjill be examined 
by a physician before being admitted to the nursery. • • • • 

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:^- concert, rare in beauty -nl eler-nce, as riv^n at the -Jaditoriurri 
Theater yer^terday afternoon for the benofit of the German liospitRl. 
^j.ich of the .^uccos:. aas directly due to the effort:- and eneryetic 
vork of the -.rran/:enent Oo:i!.iittee, -;hich r.iade this an outstandinr 
event. I'he Chicago ^inyiny Jociety, a youny institution founded 
just recently, is coLiyosed of Geriian sin-era ; 11 of v:ho.,i are endov/ed 
vjith fine vocal aualif ications. ..ith. vocalists of that t^n-^e at his 
disposal, it ;a\s not difficult for the society* s director, ::r. Boeppler, 
to obtain excellent results. 

The first nuifuer on the proyrarr. a-as Beethoven* s ITynm: "Glorification 

of the I'^o^onder of eternity, ^^ folloaed by th^e less knov.Ti but equally 

as effective conposition "You Shenherd of Israel" b^r Bortnianskv \-hich 

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although extremely difficult, was a brilliant achievement of the 
Singing Society* Stoimy applause was the audience *s response to ' 
the brilliant offering* The height of enthusiasm was reached how- 
ever, when such artists as I\ars. Schumann-Heink, LIrs# Bloomfield- 
Zeisler, and Miss Muenchhoff , contributed their services toward this 
worthy cause* Mrs* Zeisler's offerings were three compositions by 
Chopin, and Mendelsohn's **Wedding March" and •^The Dance of the Fairies," 
from "A Summemight's Dream," transcribed by Liszt, for the piano* 
The accomplished technique and the gloriously expressive style of this 
celebrated artist brought forth a storm of applause, lasting in its in- 
tensity until Mrs* Zeisler condescended to play an encore* 

A stoim of applause also greeted Mrs* Schxmann-Heink upon her appearance 
on the stage* She chose for her offering the great aria from the prison 
scene, from Meyerbeer's opera "The Prophet •" Her powerful and gloriously 
shaded voice took her audience as usual by storm* Thus, this great 




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artist dispelled any doubt that her recent illnesn irdcht have had 
an ill effect upon her career, 3he chose as an encore Goethe* s 
"-:]rl-IIinf:," set to music by ?ranz ociiubert. Graciously, as ever, 
she shared the applause as ;;ell as the cifts of flovrers, v/ith her 
able accor.pani&t , I..iss Ilofriann, 

Another excellent vocalist also heard durin:- this hi. hly insDirinr 
concert \.'as the, I.'iss lnvy Iluenchhoff. 3he san:: compositions 
by Schur.iann anCc Ilenr.chel. To pay her the \vell deserved tribute, it 
L^ay be said truly that although she v:as co-starred with that v/orld 
famous artist, I'xs. ochuiaaim-IIeinl: in the execution of that ciiarrpdnc 
duet froi; "The Llerry .,ivos of ..indsor,'' she v.^s quite able to hold 
her 0-..T1, 

Taking into consideration that the -.uditoriu^a Theatre v.^s nearly sold 
out on that occasion, the Gen.ian Hospital v;ill probably receive a 

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handsouG suiri fro:Ti the net proceeds, vmicli ;;as the purpose of the 
concert, .'^s the financial succesrj is a natter of interest to the 
public, ve '.;ould appreciate the results published. 




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ABEIIDPC ST. Se-otemter 19th, I^IO. 

Cornerstone for the ilevv G-emr-ji Eranrelicrl H:)S"oitrl. 


For ir.any yerrs the nuraernus Gerr:an-2vc.n,^elicr-l Cnurches of Chicngo, c^esired most 
keenly to "build their orn hos-iitr-l. Indeed, r^ore ^resping demrnds \ir)on their 
willin ness to cive, msde it a^rin and agnin necessary, to r)ost"/)one the execution 
of their plans. HoTrever, yesterdf:y, the first ste^ wrs tr:ken to nr-ike. the/ a re?^lity« 
The cornerstone for the new German-Svan^elicr.1 Diaconess-Hos^ital was laid. KaTiy 
mem'bers of all the Germrn Evrnfrelicrl Churches of the City and vicinity were iDresent. 
The ceremony "be^an with a quartet, followed "by Rev. L. Kohlmann* s address of Tt^elcome, 
After T)rayer and rerdin^^ of the scriptures, the Rev. Alfred Mnyer gpive the sermon 
for the occassion. The men's Choir Mozart rendered the hymn, "This Is The Day Of 
The Lord." Then followed the of:^icial speech in Enjr;lish "by Rev. John Kircher. In 
an *aT)prot)riate 77ay the conerstone wns laid by Rev. C. E. Ctt, Sonf^, prayer sjid an 
offering "broupht the aff^^ir to a close. 

The hospital is to o-^ tr/o stortes hi^h rnd in the most modern way furnished. 
The cost of constr^iction is estimated at $^^0, 000. 00. 

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:YA:ia:Lic'..L ;),!:. coii35o soccty. 


As rvreviouslv often reoorted, n Denconesa 3ociotv --.ns be;- i for:::ed hora, -./hose aim 
is -0 build a hcsnii- i, rurtherr.iore to tr-iin denconeases rift er t'as Geri:van uodei. 
The society acquired 'ibout six months a^'o, liv-i buiidinr; iot3, zo -/hicli it added 
a sixth, so th-^t it possesses now n buiidin:' lot, totnliu'^ i2b by 150 feet. Its 
situation is favorable for a iiospital. "lear a larye thorou^^Iifare (■:ai3t'3d Street) 
the noise r^me by cars c:< :nut be heir-i by the ^_i«auie its, cm t'.e ot". er liand Gar- 
field :>oulevard is iie'ir by, and dhorimn Park is .-..Iso invitiaj to the p.i^uieiits. 
The build in_^ lots t^.re on D4th Pi ce and ..or^-an dtreeo, Jhis pro^Dorty which re- 
presents a value of ^■7,500.CiO aid is -'Inost I'ully paid for, belonys to the 
Deaconess society, T-e pa.ace upon v/hicli :he hospi'oal ./ill be erecuod exists al- 
ready. The olans :.ava also been submi"oted by th.e architects, and all thrt is 
necess'iry is Ghe erection of uhe ouildin?^. Gifts of love enabled the purchase 
of the lots,  nd such .^^ifts skill also be the ::-ems for ohe erection of the 
buildinf> Ilatur, it v/ill be necess-^.ry uo knock on irany .dooi's, before the 
necessary amount can be ra.ised. The directors found in P stor Tilln^ann the 
rirht rnan, v/ho r^l'"= dly ir/ide collections for the cause. Besides, 2 ouoils of 
Elrrihurst ' s seminary \'1a.yo oeen "/on, \/ho, durinr* the suiruner vacuo ions, v.ill collect 
in i:he city -nd the country aifts for the hospital. The names of tlie younrj, men 


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will be i.adG known ohor\.ly, and they v/ill rec.ive cred3iioi:;:l3, jo cha 
hould 09 •iblo to identy the. .selva.i. 

caconesG :jocietY lias .Ire- 



ineriibers, \nnuc.l dues arc ,.i.OO. .lioever v; nto to joLi this society, shoald 

.• 62nd ijGres'oj ^'ro... vViioi.; uh^y ''./ij-l 

send his ye rly duos !io riov. ,. . Koch, ^45 
receive receipt- , ^oy lav/s, etc. 

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The Chicago Aband-post. SeT)tein'ber 26, 1907« 


▲ "bazaar was opened yesterday in Eretlow* s Hall, Uoi Webster Avenue , arranged 
hy the "Sewing and Aid Society of the German Hospital, "in aid of this 
institution* The "beginning was very favoralDle. It "brought many guests, 
who were entertained hy the many good performers. The visitors not only 
admired the workmenship of the exhibited wares, hut also "bought some of 




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Abandpost Fab. 21. 190? 


The Evangelical Deaconess Association has settled the place where the 
new hospital on the Southside near Halsted Street is to be erected* The 
principal purpose is to educate Evangelical Deaconesses and instruct 
them as nurses, sisters for the kindergarten, teachers for the schools. 
etc« Preference will be given to nurses and sisters till there are 
sufficient means for the other branches • Purposes and goals of the 
association are very manifold and difficult but of general interest as 

they serve important necessities* An agitation and financial committee 
has been formed to gain the support of larger circles. They will agitate 
by the Press to obtain the necessary means and support of their well«?to- 
do brothers and sisters* The Schwaben Club has already donated $50*00 
and other clubs promised to pay $5«00 a month for 20 months* 

Toung ladies can give themselves up entirely to the association, securing 
a life position for a beneficial and honorable work* The Deaconess Hospital 
Association now has 342 members amongst them many well known citizens of 
Chicago. Yearly subscription fee only is $2*00* Applications can be made 
to the financial secretary. Pastor P. Poerster 604 S* Ashland Ave* 



Abendpost Jan. 14t 190? 


WPA (ILL) PRCJ .302/5 

According to a report made by the Alexlan Brothers about their last 
year's aotivityt 2955 patients have been cared for during this period 
at the hospital at Belden and Racine Ave* This does not include the 
patients being in the Sanatorium* The total number is 306d« Of this 
number 1887 have been curedf 466 are improving! and 91 are incurable; 
296 have diedf of ivhich 77 were brought to the hospital in an already 
dying condition* December 31fl906t 215 patients remained in the hospital* 
I803 of the patients paid the full price for care and attention* 345 
paid reduced fees and 807 patients received free treatment and care* 
The city ambulance brought 633 persons* mostly seriously injured^ 
According to their status 1665 were single* 915 marriedt 375 widowed* 
According to religion I66O were Catholics, I09I Protestants, 97 Jews 
and 107 without faith* The Alexan Brothers offer their thanks to their 
friends and benefactors for the contributions to the hospital* For the 

Improvement of the hospital the laundry will have its separate building* 
Further rooms and localities are nearing completion* and the supplementary 
part of the front building and addition of bath rooms to th^rivate rooms 
will be built next April* 

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Sizable Amoiints Have Been Subscribed for the Building Fund '^. 

Edward G. Uihlein, treasurer of the Citizens • Committee in charge of the 
building project, said, ^Wxo prospects are auspicious and indications 
show that the necessary funds can be collected.'* 

The Tuberculosis Hospital is to be built next spring. The sisters of St. 
Elizabeth Hospital will take care of the inmates. 

As the building will cost |150,000 the treasurer has just published a 
prospectus containing a detailed account of the committee's activities, 
5,000 copies of which will be distributed among businessmen^ . It is 
expected that all those who have thus far not contributed toward this 
humane work, will do their share now. 

The treasurer reports new contributions to the extent of $454. The total 

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fund available, including interests, amounts to $20,067 

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According to the report read ty the President of the G-ernian Hospital Association 
at their annuaJ. general-meeting yesterday, the hospital of the Association is 
caring for about 60 patients at one time throughout the season, and the total 
number of patients treated is 6S0 of which were HlO women and 36 children. 

Total expenditure f')r the season amounted to $3^,723.S6. Received in mpmhership 
fees a total of $3S90.00, and contribution totaled $5^7^.96, which amount includes 
a gift of $2000.00 from the German-American Charity Association. For reducing the 
debts of- the Association the sum of $5000.00 was pledged by individuals. 

The nurse training school of the institution offers a two year and a three year 
course. Thirty one nurses have enrolled in the two classes. 


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Illinois Staats-Zeltung , Jan. 18, 1901. 

Report of Yesterday's Annual keeting 

At the general meeting of the German Hospital yesterday evening, the 
following directors, v/hose terms had already exT>ired, were re-elected for 
another three-year period: Judge Theodore Brentano, John C. Burmeister, 
George Schneider, and Charles Emmerich. President John killer acted as 

Tlie detailed annual report of President killer shows that the German 
Hospital is in an excellent condition; it acquires an ever growing 
clientele among the wealthier classes, which provides a better income. 

During the past fiscal year, 680 patients were treated, viz., 270 men, 
410 women, and 36 children (sic). Among these, 591 were cured and 
discharged; 53 died, and on January 1, 1901, only 36 remained in the 


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IV hospital* The 680 patients represented 297 aemans, 283 Oerman- 

."uiericans, 8 Swiss, and 12 Austrians, ^his accoimts for only 
600 persons. The other 80 presumably were Americans, since the report 
mentions 580 patients. Transjj/ 

The income, according; to the treasurer Charles Imiaerich, vias -?34,728.B6; 
the total expenditures were v34,197.80. On January 1, 1901, there was 
a balance of 531.06. The annual contributions of the riembers amounted 
to $3,690; i.e., ^500 less than last year. Donations reached a total of 
.i?5,474.95, about -;i2,000 nore than in t ^e year 1899, and hospital fees 
provided an income of ,^21, 504.07. This represents an increase of ;'2,800 
over last year, .^rn^ the donations, the follov/in^ are listed: $2,000 
from the Oerman-.American Charity Association, (ind ^500 from It. Jacob 
Huber. The evening entertainment of Uhlich^s Orphan Mome, given for the 
benefit of the hospital, produced )390# 

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IT The directorate had resolved to raise ,>10,000 to diminish its 

indebtedness, and thus far it has been successful in raising - 
>?5,000, part in nled<3;es una part in cash. 

The trainin:^ school for nurses, v/hich is a very important adjunct to the 
institution, is liliriving and enjoys an excellent reputation. The nurses 
who attain proficiency in their callinr^, both theoretical and practical, 
are very much in demand to take charr;e of patients in private homes. 

Durinf^ the previous year, 28 nurses applied for acceptance but only 

17 iiatriculated. .xt the end of the year, the school's standinr?; is as 

follo::s: 6 nurses are in the second year and 25 in the third year 

The Hospital Ilessenc^-er brou'^ht a surplus of $315.42. 

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IV In the annual report, l^esident John riillor also ercpres-ies 

•lis thanks to all support i^rs -Jid donors, as well a^ to the 
Crerman Tress, for their good v/ill. 

The follovrinc; lines represent a chronolo'-'ical record of the hospital 
since Au^^ust, 1884, date in v/.iich it -'as founded: In the year 1884, 
25 patients were re^/istered; in 1885, 87; in 1886, 71; in 1887, 105; 
in 1882, 228; in 1889, 576; in 1890, 550; in 1891, 714; in 1892, 741; 
in 1895, 660; in 1894, 508; in 1895, 569; in 1896,582; in 1897, 650; 
in 1898, 733; in 1899, 766; and in 1900, 680. ^ total of 8,048 
patients treated since the institution's incoT^tion. 

The directorate x^ill announce an election v/ithin the near future. The 
follov:ing persons are also officials aside of those previously mentioned: 

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II B 2 d (2) \q, '.^ 

II B 2 f Illinois Staats- :eitiin,^ , Jan. 18, 1901, Vl .^ 

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John liiller, "dward G. Uihlein, Ctto C. Butz, 'T-^rmann Faepke, Louis Lutz, 
and .Crich Gerstenberg^ 

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III H Illinois Staats Zeitung , Aug. 1, 1900. 



p. 5*. Dr. Walter Wever, the German Consul of Chicago, paid a visit to the 
Alexian Brothers Hospital recently. In a letter to the Brother Provincial of 
the order, Dr« Wever said: 

••Right Reverend Brother Privincial: 

••Pressure of business is the only reason for the tardiness of this acknowl- 
edgment of my appreciation to you for showing me your splendid hospital, 
maintained by the order of the Alexian Brothers. To you, Right Reverend 
Brother Provincial, I wish to express my admiration for your excellent work. 
The B±ze of this hospital surpasses that of any other similar institution I 
have seen thus far. I was also informed that your kindly sex^vices are being 
extended to my countrymen, for \Bhich I am most grateful, 


Imperial Consul. •• 


I c ABumposT , July 7th, iggs* 

The Oennan Hospital. 

fhe management of the German Hospital has Issued their annual report In the form 
of a hooklet. It contains besides the general yearly statistics of lS97t a de- 
tailed report of the history of the Institution, Interesting incidents, and a 
list of all cent rllmt ions glTen to the hospital* 

Since the establishment of the institution until the present a total of 5t96S 
sick people have been cared for* During the last year 65O patients had been re- 
ceived by the hospital* Of these there were 36I of German nationality, 217 
Americans, I3 Swiss, I7 Swedes, 2 Horweglans, k Xngllsh, 12 Irish, 3 Scots, 3 
Canadians, U iustrlans, 2 Dutch, 2 Italians. 1 Hungarian, 2 Bohemians, 2 Poles, 
and 2 Russians* 


k total of 262 major operations were performed during the year* The dispensary 

of the institution assisted 30^6 persons by giving them advice and prescriptions for 



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About 333^ of the patients were treated free of charge. 

The Ineone daring the flcsal year anoonted to $^'^^122.3^$ a balance of $3305*00 
Included, and the expenses were $4U,721«l6, leaving a cash balance of $SU71.U2« 

During the years fron 1S8^1896 a total of $13S,S32.79 was contrihated toward the 
hospital fund and $96t 237*36 toward the building fund* 7or the management of the 
hospital the total amount of $157$ 933*^ was spent and for building purposes $9U,7S5«UL« 



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DIE ABEHDPOST. June 9th. 1898. 

WPA (ILL) PROJ. 30275 

Orthopedic Appliancee* 
One of the best known firms of this kind, is the one conducted hy Dr. Sohert Wohl- 
fertSt at 60 Fifth Avenue » a trass and handage appliance house* Dr, Wohlferts irho 
-ohtained practical experience by giying home treatments for the minimising of 
body injuries, and made complicated derices for raising and supporting deranged parts 
of the body is now, daring his mature years, engrossed in the study of anatoaqy, and 
with the aid of his acquired knowledge and experience, he succeeded in making 
effectiye improrements in orthopedic appliances and other bandages* Practically all 
articles he sells, are manufactured by him, so that customers can obtain them at 
factory prices. 

This reliable and strictly scientific treatment for his clientele, was the foundation 
of his reputation and gave him inmunerable recommendations from the medical profession* 
His office is open on Sundays, from 9-12 If 1I« 7or the treatment of female patients, 
a qualified lady attendant is employed* 

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A'bendT)ost, October 23rd, 1897. 



It has become necessary to enlarge the German Hospital by an adc^ition, but the 
funds of the hospital mana.^f^ men t have been used up more than was expected and there 
is still much iponey needed in order to complete the wing and furnish it. The 
Board of Directors aT)t)lies therefore in the interest of this welfare institution 
to the German population of Chicago for help, big and small- and all contributions 
sent to the Hospital management will be acce^bted with thanks. Already the 
Schwaben Verein has given an exa^nple worthy of imitation by granting $100.00 for 
the T)urpose, truly an example that should find an echo in the German Clubs and 
Lodges. There are many German firms and -orivate uersons in Chicago who are well 
able to ^)ring a sacrifice, without doing themselves financially any harm. 

Germans, dont let this call be made in vain, give your hearts a good push and 
open the purse for this good Duroose. Chicago could have had for a long time a 
German Hospital three times as large, if only the funds needed would have come in 
more abundantly. Dont let it be this time words alone, but let us see actions 
for on<"e« 

The ^^ajiagement of the GermaJi 


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JBIHIPOST. Jttlm let. 1897. WPA (ILL.) PROJ.3Q275 

The 7ir8t Graduation Ceremony. 

▲n extremely InpresslTe affair was the first graduation celebration of the 
Hureee School of the German Hospital, nhich was attended hy an extraordinarily 
large number of friends of this hlessed institution. 

The principal speakers were Ur. Otto C. Zuts, lfr» George Schneider, Dr. GustaT 
Tuetterer and Dr. feller Tan Hook. Dr« John Miller, President of the Hospital 
Society presented the diplomas to the following nursest Hiss Barbara Smith, ]lrs« 
Xridca Friedericksen, Miss Imma Luedicksen, Miss Adelina Morton, Miss Delia 
Schneider and Miss Eatharina Werner* Cordial wishes for success in their 
profession were tendered the graduates* 



Abendpost, .March 27, 1897» 



Wh {ILL) PRi.}. -\,Zji 

This generally useful Institatlon has, under its present energetic 
management t gained rapidly the favor of the suffering pu^Wic. The hospital 
is overcrowdedy and it happened quite often lately, that iDatients had to 
he refused, for lack of room. The Directors had considered the enlargement 
of the Hospital, hy Tmilding an addition, hut have not come to any de- 
cision as yet, hecanse the main factor of such precBdure, the ^Herous 
Eerum" leaves nruch to be desired, and the monthly balances are still 
very unfavorable to the Management. These conditions left a very dis- 
couraging impression, but in spite of it, the board of directors will 
have to make a decision in regard to the enlargement of the premises, 
because the congestion of the patients apulying, is steadily increasingt 
The financial and business affairs, also the internal management of the 
hospital, are in the hands of reliable and experienced individual s« 
Cleanliness and order reign everywhere, and the nurses, male as well 
as female, compete with tfrch other, to furnish the patients, with 
good care and a pleasant home* 


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AT>endp08t. March 27, 1897^ 

WFA (ILL) PROJ. 30275 

The Uanacement has lately pal>li8hed a magazine tmder the name of * hospital 
Messenger" which, although small, is quite interesting and instructive. 
From the lately tjuhlished financial report can he seen, that the total 
income in the month of Fehruary amounted to $l629#55» On the other hand, 
the expenses run as follows: Salaries to employees and nurses $563»52f 
food $350*00; for medical and surgical purposes $133»20; for repairs 
$273.87, heating, gas, household and similar items $725. 61, total $20U6.55* 
For the many gifts and proofs of good will, which has been received hy 
the henefically working institution, the hospitals' management expresses 
its heartfelt thanks, and wishes to impress upon the German* s the necessity 
of lending a helping hand also in the future, to the German HosT)ital's 
success* s 

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A'bendpost^ December 15th, I596. 


WPA (ILL) PRO J 30275 

The new St. A^es Hospital, managed by the Franciscan Sistr^rs, at 693 Halsted 
Street, has "been opened yesterday without ceremony. Cr^.rl Baer will act as chief 
physician of the institution, and he will be assisted by a staff of excellent 
physicians. The Prsnciscan-Hos-oitals in Joliet, Free^ort pnd San Francisco en.ioy 
everywhere th^ best ret^utation, p.nd in the local hospital, the patients without 
doubt, will receive the best caxe and attention. 

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II B 2 d (2) X 

Abendpost , Nov* 23, 1896. / yi o\ 


The directorate of the German Hospital, consisting of Ur. John Miller, 
President, John Koeing, John C* Burimeister, Charles Emmerich, George Sch- 
neider, Henry Horman and Jacob Huber, announces, that the re-organization 
of the Hospital-Society has been completed, emd that same will become in 
fact, what it was only in name: ^ A German charitable organization, which 
owes its origin to the public spirit of the German citizens of Chicago, 
and must be msoiaged in such a manner, that it should reflect credit upon 
the Germans, and do justice to the purpose and aim, which it will serve. 

The directors decided, to publish their own paper, the ^ospital-Massenger* ^ , 
and in it to energetically defend themselves against the attacks, which 
the former president of the Society directed against the enterprise* 

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ypendpost , Occ, .., IbQo. 

UI'D'^R "■'!T^ oiaN OF Tl-r: CROSS. 

[ '" "^H 

on Belderx 

The Inyj^mi oi the rounuacion si^oiie oi cho nev/ ..lexi^in Brot/iers -'os_ 
And Racine Avenues, turned out to be an iinnosin^:. celebration of the church \;hich 
was held favored by beautiful weather, in Zu^^ presence of a larg« crowd ajid dedicated 
by Arciibishop Feehan personally. They eitiL»ate, that 30,000 spect'jtors took up 
positions in front of the project hospital, and even in the adjoinin^j streets and 
side streets, pressed the crowds Y.e-.Ci on head, to be an eye witness to this ele- 
vating spectacle, A lar^^e nuniber of priests and i.ionks surrounded their head 
shepherd v/hen he seized the trov/el, to throw some raortar, under the sign of the 
cross, over the stone, and put same in its place, aftur >hich the festiv'il assem- 
bly's attention v/^r.s called by proninent pulpit speakers, in five different languages, 
to the iraportance of the day. .ith the bestowing of the pap^l blessing, the sol- 
eirni act vms concluded. The laying of the foundation stone was preceded by a li'S.g- 
nificent parade of Catholic societies, v/hich in its variety i.ade a brrlliant iiri- 
pression. About 15,000 men and youths took part in the parade, 22 military bands 
played martial music, and 150 flags and church banners fluttered in front of the 

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Aoena^ost, August 19th, 1^96. WPA (ILL) PRC'J.3Q^7i 

President Henning of the German HosT)ital, has to ohey the "hoard of directors. 

Pr^-sldent Hennlnf of the G^riricnn Hosr)itpl, has lately, as reported "oreviously in 
the Abendpost. obtained an in.innction rgainst the Board of Directors of the Hospital 
Society, from whom, according to his opinion, he does not to stand interference 
with nis authority. Judge Neely, yest«^rdr.y sus"0'=^nded the order ^.f Judge Hanecy, 
after several hours of pleadings. The Judge decided, that the Board of Directors, 
are the only conpetent ones, ann tnat the President, as executing officer has to 
obey the decrees issued by same. During tne conferences, many very unpleasa,nt farts 
about the high-handed actions and peculiar financial methods of the president, were 
disclosed, who will have more attention r^aid to nis work hereafter, trian before. 

The changes in the medical Staff which were contemr>lated by the Board of Directors, 
will now be carried out, and Miss Anna Wehner, who was discharged as Superintendent 
of Nurses by Pr'=^sident Henning, will resume her tjosition. The Committee, whose 
duty is is, to control and look after President Henning* s work more strictly, con- 
sists of Messrs. George Schneider, John Burmeist'^^r, Charles Emmerich, John Miller 
and Jacob Huber. 

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ABESDPOST, July 30th, 1896. 


Opening Celebration. 

The newly erected "Home for Epileptic Patients" on dhurch Street and Lincoln Avenue 
two miles west of Ivanston, will he festively dedicated, Sundsgr August 2nd. All the 
nohle minded friends of the poor sufferers, to whom this institution will he a home 
are cordially invited to he present on this occasion. 

The committee, having charge of the preparations, consists of Uessrs. Dr. R. P. Wel- 
cker, P. H. Rhode, Henry Rumsfeld and Rev. Alhin Mathes* The institution can accept 
ahout 100 patients and everything has been don*, to make it pleasant for them. 
Applications for admittance will be received at all times, in the home of Pastor A. 
Mathes, 1208 Washington Street, or in the office of the institution. 




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III B 2 IBIKDPOST. iprll 25th, 1896, 


Oernan Hospital 

The directors of "The German Eoepltal* yesterday held their regalar quarterly 
Beeting* According to the report of the admlnl8tratlon» 19^ persons hare heen taken 
in *by the hospital of which 8h were discharged as cured* 37 iffiprored and 9 i&* 
curahle* Ileren died* ?lye children were horn in the hospital* Forty^nlne paid 
the full nursing feesg 9^ i)ald part of it* and Uj were nursed without charge* 

By the end of Karch ^3 patients were in the hospital, 35 operations have heen 
perfomed* The total of nursing days were 5^50^ The expenses of the hospital 
during this period were $5013«^6« The receipts were $7S^3•13^ ^^^ Oeraan^-lBerican 
Benevolent Society donated $2U00« The regular contrihutions were not so good, as 
ssTeral Beahers of the institution have left us and nany are in arrears with their 
cent ributl one* Thirteen new memhers have cone in* 

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II B 1 a 

IBMIgOST. A pril 7th, 1896. 

Hew lursesl 

aiaiugf i 


The Oerman Betheeda Deaconess Club celebrated yesterday in cooperation with 
the nembers of the Betheeda "Hnree Training School" its fifth anniversary in the 
efanrch no» 7^ Larrabee Street. The folloiring ei^t nurses of the institution 
received their diplonast Miss Lina Bak, Miss Mary Brechtt Miss Ida Doom, Miss 
Lina Dohnst Miss Anna Tels^ Miss Bertha Girod» Miss Mary Oanertsf elder and Miss 
Louisa Bapp« Mr* Trank T* Henning« the President of the Deaconess Club distributed 
the dlplonas* Miss L« Supp one of the graduated nursest held a very good speech 
about nursing* The speeches of Pastor R« ▲• John and T. A. Hermann Bade a deep 
iapressioa« The renaining i>art of the progran consisting of oasical perfonancest 
recitations, theater and songs found general approral, such applause and appreciation* 


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II D_^ QERf/Jiy ^• 

Abendnosj;, Jan. pU. 1896. 

gi:hi/ait kospital 

The annual reT^ort of the t)resident of the &erman Hosoital Society contains 
the following st?^tistics: 

During the last year 5^9 patients were taken in by the German Ho9r>it.«l ©t 
Larrahee Street, sixty-one more than the previous ye?r {2Sh malest 2S5 females); r* 
seventy-six of the patients were brought in by the nolice (twenty-seven acci- ^ 
dentst two on whom murderous attacks had been m?^de, thirteen suicide cases, o 
six sick persons, three fij^hters, twenty-four of pi longer illness); only nine ^ 
of these cases were fatal. ^;:J 


Four hundred seventy four persons h^ve been dismissed by the hospital, of whom 
315 were cxired, lUl convalescent, ei/^hteen incurable; fifty-three patients 
died in the hospital. Forty-two patients were in the hospital at the end of 
the year (twenty-six men, fourteen women, two children). Three hundred eighty 
persons of the coming-in patients were Crermans; Vi'd Americans (of which 105 
were German-Americans) , one Swiss, two Swedes, one Uorwegian, five D«nes, 

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Abendnost, Jan. 2U, 1396» 


twelve Britisa, eight Irish, two Scots, ten Austrians, one Itali?^n, one 
French, -six Canadi«.ns, seven Hungarians, one Bohemian, one Pole, two Russians, 
two Luxemburgers, and three Greeks. One hundred ninety four of the natients 
paid the full fee, ?k'J only part of it, 123 no fee ^t all. The taMngs of 
the hospital were *p20,626,36; the exnenses were >19,023.71. 

The membershin in the "beginning of the year was 758. Seven of them died, 
thirty-two left and thirty-four reduced their contributions. Two hundred 
defaulted with their contributions. There vrere twelve new members with con- 
tributions of $Ub^. Eight old members increased their contributions with 
$60. The amount for nursing the ^56^ patients was yl7»32'' per month at an 
average against 3l,'5^"5»71 in the orevious ye^r. This m'^^kes $1 a da^r for 
each tjatient. 



In the free clinic of the hospital, durir^ the ye^r, 3»^0 persons found, advice 
and sur)oort, of which ?,068 have been treated medically and 1,350 surgical. 

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Abendoost, Jan. 2U, ISyfi. 

The house physiciflns were Dr. A. Belitz» Dr. G-. B. Gottscnqlk, Dr. H. Eaifel- 
den. Dr. Fr^ger, Dr. G-oldspohn, ^nd Dr. Bernaner f^s members of the surgical 
staff ?nd Dr, Hessert, Dr. Freer, and Dr. T. R. V/elkev as members of the 
medical staff. 



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DIE ABEMDPOST, November 1st. 1895- W?A (ILL) PRCJ. 30275 

Deutsches Hospital (German Hospital) 

The Direct orliun (Board of Directors) of the German Hospital held yesterday its 
annnal' meeting to receive the report of the hospitallLdjninistration* 

Baring the last three months , the Hospital took care of 17S patients. The hospital 
surgeons performed 3^ major operations, while during the same period lOSU cases were 
treated in the Hospital-Dispensary* The income for the 3 months was $UU05*00 while 
the total expenses amonted to $UUoU.OO« 

There have heen no donations or contributions for the German Hospital during the 
last 3 months* 

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DIl iBEHDPOST. OctoT>er 3lBt, 1895. 

Institution Tor The Ijileptics. 

The Oeman pastors, 0. J« Ebert and S« Mathes have formed an organization tinder the 
haae"'Christlan Oeman Aid Society for Spileptlcs," which has the pmrpose of study- 
ing the causes of epilepsy and to seek funds to build an institution to cate for 
the epileptics. Pastor Mathes will provide himself a strip of land for the 
intended 1mllding« Furthermore, the said society will do eyerything to interest the 
Chicago public in the needs of the henevolent enterprise and will appeal particularly 
to the generosity of Germans and German«»lmerlcans for contrihutions* 



DIl JBBHtfOST. O etober 7th, I895. 

The Alezlan Brothers Hospital. 

The negotiations of the Horthwestem Blerated Railway Company with the 
Alezian Brothers Hospital finally came to a satisfactory agreement* The said 
Railway Company Is paying to the Hospital laOO^OO for the strip of land, on idiich 
the latter was built* 

Furthermore » the Hospital was giren the right, to use its present building 
for another two years « in order to have ample time to build another hospital 
somewhere else* The management of the Alexian Brothers Hospital intends to btiy a 
large piece of land on Wri^twood Avenue and will build there a bigger and more 
modem hospital* 

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DI2 A3^I:DP0ST . July 26th, l'?95. 

Deutsches Hos^itnl ( The German Hosr>itrl) 

The Germc-^n Hospitrl held a Dirrctor's meetinfr yesterony. According to the 
records of the renort, ISg iDatients were treated at this hosmtal during the 3 last 
months. In the Dispensary Department of the Host>itf^l, a"bout SOO -nntients received 
medical trec.tment during the srine oeriod. Over 90 a of trie T)atients pre of German 
or German- American nationality. 

The income of the G-prmfm Hos-oital during Anril, Mr^y and J\me ajnonnted to $6527.85 
the tot^il of exTDenses for the s^-me "oeriod was $5^^23,15. 

Tr.e GerTian Kosr^ital is receiving continuoijisly Ir-rge contributions from German 
Aid Societies and also individual donations from r)roroinont Germrns of Chicp.^o. 

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" ABEl^DPCST" . April 15th. IS95. 

Returning Thrjiks. 

The Sprman Hospital thanks tlie members o"^ the "American Charity Ball Asso- 
ciation warmly for the nice present of $1750.00 hrnded over ty their Secretary 
of the German Hospital, T. C. Burmeister. The St. Elizal^eth HosDital offers their 
warmest gratitude to the "German Charity Association" for the donation of $300.00 
"by Secretary John Koelling. 


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'*AT)endT)Q»t>" January Igth, 1895. 


German HosT)ital. 

According to the report of the management of the German Hosr)ital, 503 -natients have "b 
"been taken care of during last year, of which 257 were males and 257 females, or 
Ug3 adults and 25 children, ^-^70 "oatients including the (^.eaA were dismissed, of 
which 268 were cured, lUl Improved, 13 were not curahle and Ug died. 

In the clinic I6OO persons were treated during the year free of charge. 2S7 of the 
Inside patients were horn in Germany and 139 i^ the U. S. A. ^5 ^f the last ones 
were of German descent. The means for the maintenance of the hospital, are sub- 
scribed through Dayments by the better situated patients, and contributions and 
donations of members and friends of the institutuon. The income of the last year 
were $19,912.33 and the expenses $19,191.^8. 

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Die Abento08t> October 27th. IggU. . WPA (ILL) PRO J. 30275 

The German Hospital 

The German Hospital, 75^ I»arral)ee Street, held Its regular director's 
meeting last night In the Hospital office* During the months July, August, 
September, 126 patients wefe admitted, uhlle during the same period 813 
pereons were treated In the dispensary. 

According to the same report, the German hostjital took in $U3Ul,7l against 
total expenses of $^710.3^^ for the three months. Ko donations to the German 
Hospital were made recently* 

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Die AT>endT)08t, January 19th, IggU. 


The German Hospital Society held Its regular general meeting last nlgjit, 
presided over T)y Mr. A. Hennlng^ The Society has now 506 members and took 
In during the year $23073.22, whereas the total expenses amounted to 
$22,722.19. Thp Hospital took care of 665 patients during the same period, 
while 1U37 cases were treated In the Hotel Dispensary. Of the patient 
cases, U77 were Germans and German-Americans, who seem to favor the German 

The following new officers were elected towards the end of the meetlngi 

Adolf Sturm, 1st Director, 

D. Bakenhas, 2nd Director, 

J. Hormann, Secretary,'^ 

Henry Metsger, Treasurer, 

John Ko^lg, Adviser, 

Whereupon the meeting adjourned* 

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Abendpost . Feb. 21, 1893. 


The director of the Alexian Hospital, requested us to make public , that the 
formerly projected branch Institution on the Southside, would be established 
shortly, although the money for this purpose, bestowed by the Mother House 
in Germany, was lost through the failure of the Schweissthal Bank« 

The new Branch Institute of the Alexian Hospital will serve principally to 
receive insane patients. 


vy.F»i iiwbiw 

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Abendpost . January 20, 1893 • 

The German Hospital* \^L^ .-^ 

The Board of Directors of the German Hospital of Chicago, which is at Larra- 
bee Street near Lincoln Avenue, held yesterday its ninth General Meeting, The 
officers submitted their reports and two new directors were elected* From the 
President's report could be seen, that the Hospital was in great demand during 
last year, and therefore needs an enlargement. For this piirpose ther $lU,000 
on hand. - In the course of the year 7^1 patients were admitted, 27 more than in 
1891, 375 men and boys and 33U women and girls^ The average was 62, - 69^ left 
(Including those who died) so that at the end of the year there remained kj. - 
The number of those who died was 70 - I32 operations were performed, most of 
them by Professor Fenger and also by Dr. Gk)ldspohn. The majority were successful. 
Among the patients were the follvwing nationalities: German U52, German-American 
66, Americans 75» Swiss 27t Norwegians 5t Swedes 50, .Hollanders 1, Hussian U, 
Danes 6, Poles U, Irish 9f English 9f Scots 2, Canadians 10, Bohemians 7, Aust- 
rians 3, French U, Hungarians 3, Greek 1, Cuban 1, Italian 1, Chinesel. The in- 
come was $22,059»3^ fiJ^d the expenses $21,707.^3» Messrs. John Muller and Wm. 
Kreiker were elected as directors. The administrative personnel of the Hospital 
consists of: Frank F. Hemning President, Henry Metzger, Vice-President, John C. 
Burneister Secretary. Directors: George Schneider, Chas. Emmerick, John Koenig, 
M.Baner, Adolph Sturm, John Muller and Is. Kreicker. Surgeons: Dr. Chs.Fenger, 
Dr.A* Goldppohn, Dr.J.Bernauer. Physicians: Dr.G.Hessert, Dr. W.Dietrich, Dr.O.W, 
Freer. Eye and Ear physician: Dr.Ialcker. 


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Die AtendTDOSt, February IJth, 1392. 

More ^'urses. 

The German Hospital, rfiich is overcrowded with patients, is in a had plight in 
regards to space and nursing requirements. Particularly the need of more nurses 
is felt to "be a growing calainity. All nurses, trained at the Bethesda Heim and 
transfered to the German Hospital, are not sufficient* Therefore the Director 
of this Hospital is sending out am e^oveol now to serious minded ^irls, who wish 
to "become practical nurses. Any applications are accepted at the Bethesda Heim 
or in the office of the German Hospital, vdiere all particulars can be learned. 

The whole training course, i^ich is supervised "by well known, noted physicians 
will Inst two years* At the end of the 2nd year, a diploma is given to the trained 
nur8#*»graduate, who then can decide to "become either a private nurse or a 
hosnital nurse. 

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Die Abendpost. February 6th, 1S92, 

Notice of Thanks. \ 

Mr. P. H. Hennlng, In the name of the directors of the German Hospital, Is 
expressing herewith his deepest, sincere gratitude for the check of $826*00 re- 
ceived from the Committee of the "H-umor*' Bowling Club, Messrs. Wm. Swlssler, 
Jawob Blrk and John Eisner. 

The amount of $826.00 resulted from the profits, occasioned by the recent 
Bowling contest of the said club. 

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Illinois Stuats ^ Zt^ltun^ Jan. 22. 1892» 

The eighth annual meeting of the German Hospital Society was held last night 
in the reading room of the institution. 

Prom the annual report of P. T, Henning, President of the Hospital Society » we 
take the following statements: *»At the close of the year 1890. the hospital 
was already in a favorable financial condition, but the year, I89I, was even 
more outstanding. In I69G we took care of 550 patients, but in I89I the number 
increased to 714 . Considering the fact that the institution is still in its 
infancy, the success achieved is remarkable. 

Of the 714 patients, 336 were male, 289 female and 27 children. Of these 452 
were dismissed as cured, 101 as improved, 26 as incurable, and 73 patients, died. 

The president expresses his appreciation for the devoted activities of the 
attending physicians. The expenses for the maintenance of the institution were 
higher to the extent of $1^00«00 due to the higher prices of provisions. Nearly four 
hundred of the patients paid full rates, and 115 paid reduced rates. Two hundred 

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Illinois Stuats * Zaltunp Jan# 22^ 1892« 

were treated free of charge • Let me state here that many of the patients , 
paying full rates, paid only $3 •00 per week* 

The attendants or nurses at the hospital are females exclusively* A training 
school for nurses has been arranged in connection with the hospital t vAiioh is 
doing very well. The school is located in its own building. It needs our 
support urgently, because it is still in debt* 

For the enlargement of the hospital which is recognized as urgent t the amount 
of $13, 000 #00 is necessary for tho present, making allowance for the expected 
increase of demands due to the coming World's BKpositlon*" 

The financial report showed a total income, including the payments of patients, 
of $21,034O3* The expenses during the same period amounted to $20,378«74; 
therefore a cash balance of $673*79 was on hand on January 1, 1892. 

The hospital received a check for $lt603.83 from the German Press Club, representing 
the net profit from the benefit concert in favor of the hospital. 

ISr. G# Schneider and C. Emmerich were re-elected as directors of the Hospital 

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Association* D* Bakenhus was elected to take the place of the deceased U* Bauer* 

The following is a classification of the patients attented at the hospital during 

the previous year, according to their nationality and religious affiliations: 

Evangelical Lutherans 312 Reformed 13 

Evangelicals 10? Israelities 18 

Methodists jl Presbyterians 15 

Catholics lOj Other churches 28 

Baptists 9 Belonging to no church 33 

According to nationality: 
Germans 41^ 
GQrman--«^mer loans 73 


































Total 714 



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Abendpost . Oct. 31, 1891, 


The Board of Directors of the ^German^ Hospital accepted in their last 
conference a report for the first nine months of the year. 

During this period 572 patients have been taken care of# One third of 
these patiests paid the full rate; one third paid SO^S of Lhe rate, and the 
remainder were taken care of free of charge. 

One thing is certain, namely that the hospital is too small to leet the 
demand made upon it. It must be enlarged^ l.Ve have the ground but the 
money is lacking. The Board of Directors will be compelled to appeal to 
the public ror the support of this worthy undertaking. The preliminary 
steps for the collection of these funds have been already completed. 
Mr. E. Kuegemann has been engaged as collector by the hospital. He will 
visit all those people, who are being considered as willing to contribute 
to this cause. 

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Income (From all sources 



Abendpost , Oct. 31, 1891 

Financial Report 




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Abendpost > Jxily U, 1891* 

/tree clinic/ 

Free Treatments at the German Homeopathic College-512 Noble Street near 
MilwaiJkee . Avenue* 


Diseases of the Bones: 

" of teeth and mouth: 

" of Brains and Nerves: 

^ of Children: 

•• of Nose and Throat: 

** of Eyes and Ears: 

•• of the Breast and Heart: 


Diseases of Skin and Sex Organs: 

Diseases of Woman: 




11 A.M* to 2 F.U. 












5 P^M* 
12 AM. 
12 A«M« 

3 P.M. 

4 P.M. 

5 P^M* 

11 A*U« 

12 A.U. 
12 AM. 


This Institution is under the Supervision of more than 30 Professors* Ladies 
and gentlemen are accepted for the study of medicine and obsterics* Lectures 
are held, in the Gexman and English language* 

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Oerman-American Dental & Medical School, 

Tonight in the great hall of the palace Hotel Clark and Indiana Street, a 
cele"bration of the German-American Dental-4iedical School will take place. 

The T>roeraai includes the distribution of diplomas for the gradtiated young 
dentiits, also various prizes for the "best work, together with some festival 
speeches and musical entertainment. A banquet will conclude the festival. 

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Illinois otaa ts Zeitung , Sept. 25, 1890. ^;,p, ,,. ^ , p.,.,. ... 

Ytrh (ILL; iasjj.cV^j 


\7e quote from the Bote (Messenger): Bethseda, The German hospital, is now giving a 
tv/o year course for trained niirsey. Jvjry week, one or two lectures are given 
by experienced physicians, on the subject: "Care of Patients" and in connection, 
therewith, general v/ork at the hospital provides the practical application for 
a thorough training, liniforms are furnished gratuitously • At the end of the 
second year, each nurse is given a diploma and $100.00 in addition. The nurse 
may then leave, or if she prefers, she can be employed by the Bethesda Home* 
Further details are available by communicating with the hospital. Address F. ?• 
Henning, president* A home and training school for nurses is to be built this 
fall. Much encouragement has been received from many sources. Contributions 
have been liberal. Also numerous applications for tuition have been received* 
It fills a longfelt want. 

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Illinois Staats Zeitimg^ January 8, 1890. ^-^cy V 



The German Hospital again fulfilled its task, to give hospital help to all, 
regardless of the religious etffiliations of the individual* 


Last year, 376 patients were accepted**... •••Classification; - 208 men, 
159 women, 9 children* Nationalities: - 251 Germsms, 71 Americans, 
16 Swedes, 11 Swiss euid the remainder represented nearly every national 
group of the country* 

During the year I888, two- hundred and twenty-five patients were treated* 

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Illinois Staats Zeitung^ J anuary 8, l890« 

At the end of the fiscal year a cash balance of $1,045»42 remained but, 
unfortunately, there is an unpaid mortgage of $14,000, which to many 
of our friends appeared a heavy load* Help comes at the proper time J 
It was quite unexpected • On May 10th of last year, a letter was received 
containing a check for $5>000f ^l present from Mr* Ghas. */acker, in 
memory of his deceased father, Ur* Friedrich Wacker* The money was given 
to us without any stipulations euid so the administration resolved, dur- 
ing a special meeting, to accept this most generous gift and o provide 
one ''perpetually free" bed, to be known as the Friedrich V/acker foundation, 
a fitting memorial for a son who honored his father in such a splendid 

During the last year, membership has increased more thgm 100 per cent. 
Last year there were 175f now we have about 400 members, "and more and 
more are coming*" 


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Illinois Staats Zeitung^ January 8, l890. 

The average detention days per patient are 3* l/3* This amounts to 
12f888 days of treatments for the 376 patients* Further details are 
available in our separate reports. 

Finfitncially speaking, I may add that the hospital has made good progress 
€uid we have a very fair surplus • Nevertheless, I regret that we still 
have to pay $775 •ST for interest, which I hope, will soon be eliminated. 

Expressions of gratitude to the liberal donors are appended in the report. 
It is signed by J. H. Banning, president. 

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I C Die Abendpcst, Jan. o, 1890. 



The official Association of Gemeji nnd English Doctors is ncvr definitely ^-^^ 

located t.t 189 ;7est Ladison Street. They v;ill continue ^rc.tuitous treat- 
ments for the next three ncnths to these v;lic c.pply before Jejiuary loth. 

A nominal fee for medicine only is required. The lertxen co.tarrh treat- 
ment is infallible. 



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Illinois Staats Zeitung > Feb, 26, 1889. V 


During the month of January not less than eighty patients were nursed in the 
German hospital. This is the largest number of patients in the hospital during 
any month until now. The management expects even more sick people during Feb- 
ruary, and is making preparations for them. In order to meet the increase in 
expenses, friends of the institution, who like to practise charity, are re- 
quested to remember the same» 

The institution has been fortunate to engage em able eye and ear specialist, 
Dr. Boerne-Bettjnann. During the short time he has been active in the hospital 
he has liad excellent success with the different operations which he undertook. 

The Thimble Club is proving to be quite a resource for the hospital. At the 
last meeting of this club a considerable number of women joined it as members. 
The membership fees purchase the naterial which the club needs in its activities 
for the institution. A beneficial arrangement is the hospital ticket, which 
can be purchased for an annual fee of $5.00, and entitles the holder, in case 

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Illinois Staats Zeitung, Feb. 26, 1889. ' 


of sickness, to be taken into the hospital free of charge* 

The German hospital is now in such a position that it can undertake the most 
difficult operations. It will become just as successful, and will enjoy the 
same reputation as the large German institute in New York. 

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Illinois Staats Zeltung , January 28, 1889t 


The Bethesda Messenger writes as follows about this institution, which is 
very close to every German In Chicago: 

The hospital was able to close its first year in the new home under very 
favorable conditions^ A total of 228 patients were admitted and nursed, 
within its walls, and, taken as a whole, the success was very satisfactory 
in every respect* Thanks to the many friends who so liberally support this 
institution, the management had no financial difficulties ajid a considerable 
cash surplus was on hand at the end of the year* The building fund of course » 
is not so fortunate because there is quite a deficiency of funds to cover all 
expenses, yet, during last year over $8,000 were paid out, which the contri- 
butions of many friends made possible. 

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Illinois Staats Zeitun^, Novenber 19, 1888. yyp. ... . ^^ 

gerkjvn hospital. 

The Germaji Hospital, - that splendid structure on Larrabee Street, north 
of .Vebster Avenue, has been entirely completed and is worthy of inspection* 
It was dedicated in the spring  

On the ground floor of the five story building are the free drug dispensary, 
the apartment of its superintendent, 2rnst Stremmer, the kitchen, the 
dining room for the employees, several rooms for patients under observation 
for contagious diseases, that means cases where maladies of a contagious 
nature have not yet been proven, one way or the other; belov; this is a well 
stocked vegetable cellar, potatoes, etc. - mostly donations from, gr-'teful 
patients • In the rear is a separate addition, the one story boiler room, 
which serves as a heating plant for the entire building. It is connected 
with the laundry and the repair shop. The morgue is also located there# 

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Illinois Staats Zeitunr< November 19, l888« . WPA (ILLr) FROj. ':Ui.'/6 

On the first floor, to the left of the entr-j.nce, is the general waiting 
room, followed by the receiving rooin» The rest of this floor, as well 
as the other two larf?;e stories, contain the rooms for the patients. 
The lower and part of the second floor is reserved for surgical cases, 
in the other parts, patients suffering from internal ailments are taken 
care of • On the eastern end of every floor a larpe infirmary is located 
with a spacious versinda, adjacent to it* Each floor is provided with the 
necessary linen, lavatories and bath rooms; the latter are equipped v/ith 
an excellent special device, which produces hot v/ater quickly, even during 
the summer months, when steam heat is not available. Near the head-end 
of each bed, electric bells have been installed, besides one or more in 

every room, so that the patients C6.n call for help,, Any one who has 

visited similar institutions, will notice that the ventilation is excellent, 
that cleanliness and order are exemplary* 

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Illino is Staats Zeitunp; , November 19, l888. WPA (ilU PRtU, 30V/;: 

On the top floor the sleeping rooms of the emoloyees are located, also the 
ironing and sev/ing rooms, as well as the operatinp- room with skylip;ht, 
contiguous to this is the apothe?,ary for surgical supplies* An elevator, 
large enough to deliver a bed, makes it possible to bring the patients to 
the operating room from any of the lov;er floors, without rebedciing them; 
also a special food elevator (dumb-waiter) connects every floor. In fact, 
all the improvements are excellent. Everything which science and experience 
have shown to be desirable, has been included. 

The building cost was about ^40,000. Unfortunately the entire amount has 
not been raised. A balance of approximately $12,000 represents: a mortgage, 
and probably $1,000 will be needed to complete the interior equipment  
Considering the great blessings which this hospital provides for the German 
contingent, the succor it brings to many (there are thirty-seven patients 
at present) the splendid cures which have been effected, especially those 
which required surgery, the fact that it is the first German institution 

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Illincis Staats Zeitunp; , November 19, I888. WPA (ILL) PROJ. 302^ 

of its kind, should make it a simple matter for proud Germans,. •• 

to pay the fev; dollars 7;hich are still needed. The maintenance 

cost has been nearly defrayed by the annual contributions of the one 
hundred and thirty members of the Hospital Association. .>*hen the directors 
call upon the German inhabitants in the near future, let us hope, that they 
will be greeted with generous hearts and open nocketbooks* 



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Illinois Staats 2eitiing> July 23, 1888. 


"It is gratifying, indeed, to be able to report that things take 
their usiial course in the German hospital. New patients are accepted 
continually, and others are dismissed as healed. The angel of death 
also appears occasionally and demands his victims. Since the latter 
part of April about 80 patients entered and 40 of them have been 
dismissed as healed. About 20 operations have been performed during 
this time, and some of them were very difficult, but all of them 
turned out very successfully. 

About 50 cases have been treated in the dispensary of the hospital. 
Dr. J. H. Hoelscher gives his personal attention to the dispensary 
daily from 10 to 12 o'clock during the forenoon, except on Sunday. 
Recently, a very sick patient bequeathed to this institution $8,000 
and $2,000 to the Old Peoples Home, but the successf\il medical treat- 
ment restored his health again and this, of course, was the end of 
the princely gifts. Although we need the money very much, yet we are 
glad for the successful treatments, and we trust others will be 
induced to manifest their good will toward these institutions." 

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Illinois Str.at8 Zeitxxng , June 25, 1888. 


The following is a report regarding the development of the German hospital in its 
new home: 

The hospital is enjoying healthy growth and development. IJumerous applications 
for admission are being received. Seven weeks ago v/e moved into our new home» 
About fifty patients were admitted, and nearly one half of them have already 
been dismissed as cured. Dr. C. Fenger has already undertaken sixteen operations, 
some of them very serious, but with good results. 

The financial conditions also are becoming more3 favorable. Lore *'payin^* pat- 
ients are applying;; for admission with the result that income exceeds the ex- 
penses. It is desirable that v/e pay the b't lance which is still due on the 
building, in order to devote our whole tirie to the management of the institu- 

V/e are glad to report that we have Liade arrangeiaents in our German hospital for 
a dispensary. It is open to the public daily, except Sunday from 10 to 12 
o'clock A.M. Poor people, as well as children receive medical advice and 
treatment; however, it is expected that they pay for the medicines which are 


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Illinois Staats Zeitun.^^ , June 25, 1888 • 

sold as Cheaply as possible. Dr. J, H. Koelscher, previously v/ith the Alexi- 
aner hospital, is the head of this department. 

A contribution of 325.00 vi'ill add an additional bed to the hospite^l, and an 
annual contribution of $25.00 assures the donor the right to vote in matters 
pertaining to the hospital, and at the sarne time pays the expenBes of one pa- 
tient every year. 

The German hospital is iiow in a position to undertake the most difficult opera- 
tions. For examinations, and consultations see Dr. Ch. Fenger, 229 N. LaSalle 
Ave. People without means may apply direct to the hospital. 

Ill c Die Illinois Staate-Zeltung , January 5, 1888 

I C 



The management of the Gbrman Hospital held its fourth anntial meetiq^on 
January 3rd, at Niehoff*s Eall^ 49 LaSalle Streets After reading the year's 
report and statements of other offidals two directors were elected for a period 
of three years. The address was delivered by the President* Mr. Henning««.«. 
He stated that the location at 242 Lincoln Avenue is unsuitable and too small for 
the requirements*.** Under "aichievements" the following are eniimerated: 

Twelve beds only were available , but 103 patients were treated during the 
year, •••a ntimber of ailing persons could not be admitted for lack of space; 
53 were cured9.**«23 improved in condition, 11 were dismissed as incurable 
and 9 died* Of these about two- thirds died within two to three days after 

admission; hence, they were hopeless cases from^he beginning 3215 

convalescent days are listed at a total cost of ^2,357*65 or 73»66 cents per 
day; an average of $22*88 per patient and an average detention period of 
31* 20 days for each patient* This includes all expenditures of the hospital, 
surely a very low figure* The demand for treatment is constantly increasing, 
as these figures show: 

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Die Illinois Staats-Zeit\ing » Jan\iary 5, 1888 

82 Germans; 10 Geroan^Aner leans; 4 Swiss; 3 Bohemians; 2 Norwegians; 

1 English and 1 Irish The following denoBlnAtions in reference to the 

aho've are shown: 52 Irangelical-Lutheran; 24 Catholic; 10 Erangelical; 
5 Methodists; 4 Engl-Unlted; 2 Reformed; 2 Jews; 1 Splscopallan; 
3 helonging to no church* Of these 56 were female and 47 male patients* 
Gratuitous treatment was given to 51«,«.The liberal suppoit from local German 
sources was such, that no recourse to "collections for the Hospital" was 
necessary last year. Great credit is glvei^o Dr« Schaller, staff physician^ 
for his untiring efforts and promptness. The Superintendent Mr* X* Stremmel 
has been a great factor and all the members have tried to do their duty**** 
Plans for the future are mentioned in the next paragraph and the ideal* •••* 
a Bethesda for all the ailing* •• .They shall sense, that it has been created 
to alleviate the suffering of humanity* ••* 

The monetary requirements* ••$23,500 are assured by subscription; $16,500 are 
still needed to take care of the debts. Including the five lots. The Germans 

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Die Illinois Staats-Zelttmg . Jsmuary 5, 1888 


in general, have been very generous, with few exceptions.... The President 
closes his annual report with expressions of gratitude and inrocatlon to ^'* 
God, for his blessings. 

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I C Illinois Staato Zeitun^, Oct. 13, 1387, 


This nev/ hospit*^ situatod in the most beautifux district of the northwest 
side v/ill serve all people ./ithouo discriiiiiiiation ^is lo race or color. 
The administrrition of this excellent institution is in the hfinds of :7ernHny 
Roririn C^vtholic Sisters, 'yad Iz w-as built froia conuributions oy our German 
citizens of all faiths. The irnricsinr buildinr can justly be called a C-errian 
hospital, for it v/as plarxned and built by (lerni-.n people, -xnd Gerimn women, v/ho 
are v/illin^"?; :o devote t/ieir lives 1:0 cuffcrin^^ hurnr.iniuy. It '^'ill be conducted 
after the ^^tfcern of (^eViXin institutioi'is of oliis kind. .Irclibishop Feehan 
assisted by several clergymen, officiated at yesterday's dedication after v/hich 
v.he Rev. ^dw-ird Koin,~; of Jt. Paulus Charch in j'ort .7ayne, delivered trie 
inaugural speech in GerLian. He ./as foj-lowed ^qy ^-^^^Jiy ouher speakers, each one 
pr.-iising the work of the lerinan oisters. One of uhei:i v/as A. C. llesinp;, who, 
as is well, v;as one of tYv^-. riost ardent -.nd untiring workers in behalf 
of bhe hospital. I.Ir. Hesing joined the preceding speakers in -oribute to the 
Sisters, recalling the yoar of the si-all-pox epid3i::ic and its terrific death 
toll, and went on to tell of the desperate situation in which i:eciith Jorrjiiissioner 
Dr. De ..olf found himself, when the atGend.a2its at the hospital for infectious 

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Il^liaois .itants -^^^"^4^;^, Oct. 15, io87, 

diseases deserted the ooor vic^ir.s. Then those heroic iist'-^rs C'xme to the 
rescue and cared i'*or the si.aii-pox pat if its. An ac-:. o" htiroism which doe^ not 
rind its equal, Chica^:o is iiideed iucVyt^ :v^ve at last, a Gerriian hospit*:-l5 
the :.xinaG-erraent oT v/hich is in the li'inds Ji these nobio v/ornen. The first fie or 
of the hospital consists of a reception room '^nd office, rooms for teiaporary 
mental cases, several rooms for pa^/ing .oatients, thie pharmacy, operating roon, 
a v/ard for LXi.le patierrts, tlio Geiapurary chapel, a bitrirooiii, toilets, and 
pantry. The second :-md third floors conr-ist each of four small vvards v.ioh six 
beds in each, and a number of priv-.te rooms \/itii tv/o bathrooi:is and closets,- on 
each floor. Roor. is reserved in the center of each floor xor a conservatpry, 
A v/ater container, v/ith a 9,000 g-.llon capacity, v;as placed in thie attic 'and 
is oo suioply the third ^loor :iz}\ hot and cold \rater. Anotl'ier or-^isev/orthv 
act vr s ti".';t q£ John « Ahodc;, ..ho c: domed th^ v^lls of the chapel, reception 
room and of-*ico, \;iu:'i picturesque frtisco pnintinv'^s and ^hen announced to the 
3ister managers of the hospital, thr.t thi-^ vriluable work \!us a gift fromi hir.i. 
The bull'' in- cost approxi:'ately, 0^5, jjO. The rather large piece of property 
■.;as boUr;ht for v20,uOO. 

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Illinois Staats Zeitung t Uay 13 > l887» 

WPA (;ll,) pkuj j,;,,i. 


The Board of Directors of the German Hospital has sent out a call to the 
Germans of Chicago stressing the importance of a German hospital* Chi- 
cago with its 250,000 German residents is in need of a hospital of con- 
siderable size* We know, that every German at the sound of his mother 
language is put in mind of home, and how much more influence would these 
sounds produce in the spirit of a sick person, if he were surrounded by 
people speaking his language, familiar with the customs of his country, 
and whose wishes they also understand* 

It is the sacred duty of all Germans, to v/ork towards the erection of a 
hospital which would devote its services especially to the suffering 
persons of German birth* Our interest should be av/akened by the fact 
that other cities in this country, large emd ^^nall, show much more 

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Illinois Staats Zaitung. May 13, 188?. V^i*/^ (ilL) Piv;j.ou4/5 

concern in this matter, and it is hightime that Chicago's Germans become 
duty conscious and keep pace with these cities* A small group of our ^ 

German citizens interested in the erection of such an institution, com- 
menced with this good work in I883, when they asked December 17th, of 
that year for the incorporation of the German Hospital of Chicago. 

Since the late summer of I884 the private building at 242 Lincoln Ave^, jj 

ha^ been used for hospital purposes and since that time the hospital 
has taken care of 223 patients with excellent success in each case* 

The need for a larger hospital is obvious, the applications for ad- 
mittance to the hospital are becoming more numerous every day, but for 
lack of room patients have to be turned away# The German Hospital 
of Chicago owns a building lot at the corner of Grand Place and 
Larrabee Street, and it is the intention of the Board of Directors to 
begin with the building of the hospital immediately* 

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Illinois Staats Zeitung t May 13, l887# W^A (lli) pQn i. . 

Only one wing of the building planned will go into construction at the 
present time, with a frontage measuring 36 feet and 80 feet in depths 
This building, which will provide room for about 85 or 90 beds, will 
to a certain extent help lessen the urgent need in this matter* The 
building cost will be approximately $14,000 to $15,000, and the Board 
of Directors trusts that Chicago •s Germans will help and by giving their 
support to this humanitarian undertakings 

Geo. Schneider, Chas* Emmerich, John Konig, Adolph Sturm, M. Bauer, 
Ghas. G. Meyer, J. S. Kindt, H, Metzzer, John E. Burmeister, F. J. 
Henning, Max Eberheurdt* 


Illinois Staats Zeltung , Tebr\iary lUth, ISS^. wda /n i \ noni - 

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The Alexian Brothers have sent us their ISth annual reT)ort regarding the ad- 
ministration of the Alexian Hospital. According to this report, 1133 "oatients 
were admitted to the hosT)ital during the last year. Out of this number, 3^2 
persons paid in full, 71 paid part and 780 patients were treated free of all 

The newly selected memhers of the administration "board are: Brother J. Minken- 
"berg, President, Brother A. Sehyns, Vice President, Brother A, Dold, Secretary, 
Brother Ph. Kramer, Treasurer, Brother J. Schiffer, Rector, who are all living 
in the Fraternity Section of the host)ital. 

The Alexian Hospital is financially in good shape, and is enjoying a growing 
popularity with German residents of Chicago, 

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Chicagoer Arbeiter Zeltung. Mav l6th, 18g2. WPAilLDPPO' WJ^ 

The Michael Reese Hospital. 

At the foot of 29th Street close to Cottage Avenue, the erection of a free dis- 
* pensary has begun, for the time being open only dn Tuesdays and Fridays between 8: 
30 and 9O0 A.M. Doctor B. Batman will take care of internal cases and Doctor 
Lackner of eye and ear affections. By request these consultations will be gratis* 

We wish to point out at the same time that even indigent sick people are received 
at any time in the Michael Reese Hospital without discriminarion as to creed if 
they will ask in case of internal sickness for Dr. Mannheimer and in surgical 
cases for Dr. Ernest Schmidt* 


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The Alexian Hospital, 

Prom the annual ret)ort of this charitable institution we notej During the year 936 
sick persons were taken care of, and in all IOO7 taken lare of. 632 were discharged 
as cured: I06 left the hospital in better condition; U6 discharged as incurable;S6 
died; 6 were transported to other hospitals and 71 were at the close of the year 
in this institution. 

. From those patients 315 paid full rates ($7.00 per week) , 73 only partial rates; 
of this 20 were t)aid by charitable societies and 699 were taken care free of 
charge.- Since the day of the opening of this hosi^ital. May 1st, 1S66, until 
December 31st of last year, 7III patients were taken care of, from this U526 free 
of chap:ge. In the year 1881 no less than 128 major operations were Derformed in 
this hospital; of this number only four resulted in death. 

Dr. Ernest Schmidt is the medical adviser.- The office personnel consists of: 
Overseer, Brother Aloysius Schyns; Chief Interne, Brother Phillip Krainer, 


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CHICAGOER ARBEITER ZEITUKG, Friday, May 11th, 1882. 

Collector of donations, Brother Anton Dold and Brother Andreas Mayer; Pharmacist, 
Brother Pacificus Meis; Bookkeeper, Brother Fidelis Promholzer, 

The management consists of :- 

Brother Benedict Luecker, President, etc. 

The people of Chicago Bhould "be grateful for the good work of the Alexian Brothers, 

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Per Uesten (Siinday Edition of the Illinois Staats-Zeitting ) 

Apr. 15, 1879. 



A few days prior to the municipal elections, John Fischmiller told his 5> 

friends that he would £;ive a day»s receipts from his saloon to the Alexian 'p 

Brothers Hospital, if Harrison was elected. The day selected was the first rj 

Sunday after the election, from tv/elve o'clock noon until midnight. ^ 


Several anno\incements were published. Layer Harrison was elected and co 
Ivlr. Fischmiller kept his v/ord. As was to be expected, the crov;d at the c:3 
tavern v/as unusually large and the net proceeds amounted to seventy-five 
dollars, v/hich was given to the Hospital. 

LIr. Fischmiller* s was a noble deed v;hich certainly deserves emulation! 
V/e thank you, I'x. Fischmiller, for your kind efforts. 


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Per Westen (Sunday Edition of the Illinois Staats-Zeitiing ) 

Apr. 15, 1879. 

Vie thank all v;ho participated. The inmates of the Hospital vriLll remember 
the gift v/ith gratitude and v/ill bless you. We send our ardent thanks to 
all who had the v/elfare of the Hospital at heart. 

The Alexian Brothers 



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Illinois Staa.t8-Zeitun^ > Jtme 9, 1878 

The German Ladles' Society, on many occasions, has proved its ability to help 
the poorer elements of the German residents and for this end has "become a useful 
branch of the German Aid Society* We are learning now that the German 
Ladies' Society is planning to use 10^ of its income towards the foundation 
of a German Hospital* We do not doubt the idedistic and unselfish intentions, 
which have ripened this plan. But from the financial standpoint we are 
afraid that a project of this magnitude will not find the necessary backing 
It is not our intention to discourage the realization of any philanthropic 
idea* In this parti culso* case we would like to advise the German ladies:'' 
Society to work out the said plan as a German Hospital Department of the 
County Hospital* The latter doubtless will be willing to lend 'the necessary 
space, furniture and material for the start. The I-adies' Society would have 
to furnish only the physicians, nurses and additional funds for the board for 
German patients* All further developments of this German Hospital Department 
could be easily managed in con,1unction with the County Hospital* 



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Illinois Stnc^tr^^Zei tuur^, A^->ril 1", 1377 


One of our unpler-.sant duties is to inl'orn our rerder^^ that for l^.ck of 
finraices the G-L^rrnpja-A::eric^ji dis'nensr.ry ir forced to di$:contiriue orerr.tin^ 
on Lejy 1st, That our Germam citi:!ens could not su^:)rort this i:irtitution 
althou£;h the finruicial resfonsioility o:i their part v.'p.g very srna21, is "by 
no r.eyjis a rjood si>?i« It nay oe true thc.t tines are not exv.ctly rosy, 'out 
at the sane tine v;e Cc?ji not believe thrrt there would not "be o50 anon^; the 
20,009 'G-erncJi fanilies, \'ho could spf-^e four or five dollrrs piinually for 
the support of this hi'jhl;/ desin^hle inotitutioji, The fr^ct rer/ins, that 
fron the 350 nenbers oi the Disoenso.ry Society only 150 'oaid their cojitri- 
butions, c'uid even a Ir.rge nunoer of those cut their contributions fifty "^^er Bad tines have evidently nothinn to do vlth non-paynent of "^enhershi-n, 
for the 1-0 pa: in^^ nenbers b^lo:i" to the cl^-vss who live fron hand to nouth, 
w'";ile the 200 nenbers i^nvdl'.inp to "0'_v/- the dues, coi.rise the v/ealthy 

One of these is the county Treasurer, Louis Hick, who because cf his Gernan 

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nationrlity v:o.s chosen for thds v/ell--nryin:^: office, bj.f of the o40,000 ajviual 
income he cannot spare four or five dollars for -oosjr aernan f-nilies for 
A7hon it is an in-oossihility to my ^ -hysician, nnd v;ho hrve to seek redical 
hel-o at the dis-oensrry if they shnuld not oecone a "burden to the coimty. 
The closina- of this institution is most reyrettahle v/hea the hest of our 
Gerr-an nhysicians --.ade re^nr rk-hle srcrifices, -ivir? several hours of their 
vraua":.le time daily, to hel^^ hu-.'-nity, thus in n^cMi'j instances sr-vin- the 
"bread^vinner's life, whose fanily v/ould hrve otherwise hecn forced on the 
relief rolls, v/hich r-ieans the trxoayers' r^o^iey. 

'Je refuse to accent this act of our wealthy citizens rs final, cti(^. hope th-^t 
the newly a-or^ointed conrdttee will find ways nnd moans to awaken a^ain the 
interest of our "oeo-le in this excellent institiition with the needed financial 
help. The corr-iittee cm reckon on the hearty suaport of the Illinois 

The reaort shows further, that the ^600 ^^-ranted hy the county tov/ard the 
su^")"ort of this institution, has clso been withidrav.nri» Savinr or^. or rt of the 


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Illinois Sta.-..ts-Zeitun/:, April 13, 1377 

City Council is im-oortojit, 'au.t in thio case they oiv^-ht to re.-lize that 
the siu: naicl to\7r?.rd the s-^pport o:? the dispensr^ry is spved mnny times over 
in relief costs. It is a r-Teot injui.^tice on the ''^^rt of the City Council to 
stop the -amicifjal contributions to the dis"^^ensary v/hici- is hno^vn for its 
excellent activities, '.'e hope that the Crerr^an r.enhers of the Cit^,' Cotmcil 
will iindert?ke sterns to assure this Gernan-Ai-ericrn dis-^ensary its former 

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Illinois Staats Zeitung» July 13, 1876 


The annual meeting of the German-American Dispensary was held last night 
in the rooms of the German-American Society. The report of the pre- 
vious annual meeting was read and passed. Also the third annual report 
of the medical board of directors was read by Dr. P. C. Hotz, as follows: 

Prom July 1st, 1875 to July 1st, 1876, 2525 persons received sick treatment. 
According to nationalities treatments were given to 975 Germans, 636 
Americans, 333 Poles and 361 Englishmen including Scotch and Irish. 
To one group, especially, I want to draw your attention for a moment, 
namely, to the great number of syphilis cases, 2'^^0 in ^5^5, and that is 
almost 10 ^ of all. By far the greater number of these cases were in 
progressive stadia, mostly old neglected cases. The cause for this, 
gentlemen, is not far to seek. 

It finds its explanation in the fact that to those poor people, so 
long as they are freshly attacked by this disease, the doors of the 
hospitals are closed. It sounds incredible and most of you will not 

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Illinois Staats Zeitimg > Jtily 13, 1876* 

know it, that the house order of our local hospitals explicitly pro- 
hibits the treatment of syphilitica* This also applies to our Cook 
County Hospital* 

It is unheard of that in a civilized community where it is pretended 
that the poor are taken care of in every respect, such barbarism against 
a certain class of sick persons is being practiced and condoned* A 
hospital is not a chiirch, where the entrance might be conditional; a 
hospital is a charitable establishment for sick persons and as such 
should be open to every poor person* 

Why then make an exception for a certain kind of sick persons? The 
medical directors elected on July 7 were Dr* Christian Pessel, President, 
and Dr. S* D. Jacobsen, Vice President for one year* The following 
gentlemen were \manimously elected Directors: Christoph Hdtz, Frances 
Lackner, Julius Rosenthal, G. C. Prussing, M* Karls, Carl Lotz, Adolph 
Furstenberg, George Schneider, Charles Enderis, M. Hart, August Bauer, 
and William Ploto* 


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THiii aJ-A PICRF0x2>i.ilICli: 

The performance for the benefit of the German Free Drug Dispensary will be given 
this evening at the North Side Turnhalle. 

kVe repeat what v;e liave often said before, that, of all the benevolent institutions 
with which v/e are familiar, none deserves the esteem of the public so much as does 
this establishment, where nearly all the contributed money is actually used for 
philanthropic purposes, since no high-salaried officials are needed to operate the 
dispensary. Mere our best, most experienced, and busiest physicians devote several 
hours daily to the cause of impecunious sick people and give advice, prescriptions, 
and medicines. But to provide the poor with free medicines and to obtain a location 
where physicians ray be present at definite hours, so that patients may be sure 
that some specialist will be present to attend to their individual ailments — all 
this necessitates public support. The smallest contribution given to this institution 
helps more than large donations elsev/here, since this establishment offers to the 
sick the most precious gift — health — and thereby enables people to work again a] 
earn a livelihood. 

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v:e hope — and have no doubts — that the performance at the Turnhalle tonight v/ill 
be well attended. The play to be given is a recommendation in itself. Adolph 
V/ilbrandt*s genial comedy, "Die I^ler'' (The Painters), will be given. This 
provides the excellent members of ^^exandeiy^ lAirster's company with an oppor- 
tunity to display their talents. 

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17 Illinois Staats-Zeitung , Dec. 13, 1875* 


A benefit performance for the German Free Drug Dispensary will be given 
V/ednesday at the North Side Turnhalle and all Chicago Germans who do not 
live too far away will be there or should be. After all, support of an 
institution is involved which, above any other, deserves the good will of 
the German public because, in proportion to its expenditures, it has been 
of greater usefulness and benefit than any other charitable institution. 

For many years German physicians here have entertained the hope that some 
day it may be possible to build a German hospital, a necessity which has 
often been apparent. Often Grerman physicians have been confronted xvith 
the fact that impecunious Germans who were not conversant with the English 
language were either not admitted to American hospitals or, if they were 
accepted, could not obtain proper help, as such patients were unable to 
describe the symptoms of their ailments. 

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The fire, which curtailed the wealth of Chicago •s Germans, has precluded 
the building of a German hospital for years to come; and many Germans have 
not been able to afford a doctor for the same reason. As the ever-growing 
demand for a German hospital became apparent, several of our most prominent 
German physicians, aided by wealthy Germans, opened the German-American 
Free Drug Dispensary at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Adams Street. 

These physicians have taken charge of the drug dispensary and manage it 
in turn, each giving a few hours each day; and thus the poor receive 
medical advice and the necessary medicines without incurring any expense. 

The institution prevented thousands of families from facing utter destitu- 
tion by helping the bread winners to regain their health. 

Without money nothing can be achieved. Although great economy prevails 
at the dispensary, nevertheless large sums are spent during the year, 
chiefly for medicine. 

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Illinois Staats-Seitxin^, Dec. 13, 1875. 


A small number of (Jermans contribute a definite sum annually, but it is 
insufficient to defray expenses. The association is therefore asking the 
general public to give some assistance. 

The association feels convinced that the public would gladly contribute, 
but this entails the services of a collector and would be a laborious 
procedure • 

The association considers it advisable, therefore, to bring together all 
who might assist the cause... .For this purpose a gala performance has 
been announced for next v'Jednesday at the North Side Turnhalle. The pro- 
ceeds from the performance will accrue to the institution. 

Mr. ^^exander/ V/urster»s company will produce Adolph V/ilbrandt»s genial 
comedy, "Die Maler'* (The Painters). 

The play contains very suitable parts for nearly all of the company's 

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Illinois Staats-Zaitun/^, Dec, 13, 1875 


moro prominent members; particularly :.:iss 7olff, rs. Uaussen, ann the 
Messrs, Donald, :;ayer, and olkenstein. 

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Ilardlv one oi* our churitabl.: institutions does as much good us the Free 
CJc.riaun-niaerio.Ln Dispensary. This institution, the character of which is not 
coi.iplutely expressed by the word dispensary was founded by eminent German 
physiciui.s. There they ^^ive free consultations several hours each day. Although 
the majority of oeoplo going there are German, the services of the institution 
ure avail Able to everyone^ llany Americans go there regularly. 

But the majority of the people are Germans and it is for them thut the institution 
Y/as foandeu. Our pi.ysicians knew hov^ important it v/us to have an institution 
where Ger:..an3 unacc^uainted with the English language, might explain their ailments 
to a physician in their mother tongue. 

Last year, if v^e reiaember rightly, four thousand people were treated free of 
charge from July, I874 to July, 1673 • But the upkeep of the institution requires 
money. Fro that reason the Bourd oi Directors of the institution ask the German 
people to donute five dollars each from tliuir annual income. 

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The Gwrinun-ximurioun free drug store is now two years old» During its existence 
it hat> provided 4^00 persons with free medical aid and free medicines and has in 
most cases saved the job for the patient and thus averted need and suffering. It 
gives us pleasure to say that the public has appreciated the work of the physicians 
wr.o liave founded this institution and have been able to keep it on a sound finan- 
cial basis* It is to be hoped that all who have contributed toward this work will 
continue to do so, in order thut sometimes the dream, i.e*, a German hospital may 
become u reality. The importance of such an institution for German people unfamiliar 
with the hin^^lish language hus been pointed out by Dr. F. Hotz. Hky the German 
people continue to give thwir full support to this cause. 


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Yo ^ Illinois Staata Z eitung , Aug* 3, 1874* 


It does not seam to be necessary to say^ that the German American Dispensary , 
although founded by German physicians, is not closed to other nationalities. A 
table of our patients according to nationalities, reveals that all the nations of 
our cosmopolitan city are represented, namely: Gerioans 976, Americans 480, Irish 
119, English 75, Russians and Poles 356, Austrians 27, Scandinavians 67, Dutch 11, 
French 6, Italians 6, Swiss 6, Canadians 3, Australians 1. 

Every one knows, that in the city of Chicago with its tremendous German population, 
there was one German hospital* Aftdr the Jewish Hospital was destroyed during the 
fire in October, 1871 and was never rebuilt, a population of 100,000 Germans had no 
institution for the free treatment of its poor. But have we not the Cook County 
Hospital, Mercy Hospital, etc? Are not the GermEin poor treated there as well as 
the others? Certainly, but the patient and the physician must understand each other 
As the poor has little time for language study, how is an understanding possible 
between he who does not speak English and the physician vvho does not speak German? 
With a few exceptions, the physicians here do not speak any other langioage but 
English. For that reason it is natural that German poor people go to German 

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physicians to whom they can describe their ailments, 

nor a long time the German physicians recognized the necessity of a German clinic; 
and in order to give a start to the idea of a German hospital and interest the 
population in it^ the Doctors S* Schmidt ^ H. Merkle^ Ch« Fessel, John Schaller, 
Gutsrt Hessert, Theo. '/ild, Thilo brauns, (J. Gatjens, M, Llannheimer, F. C# notz, 
founded the '^German American Dispensary'* one year ago^ which is an institution in 
which poor sick people receive medical attend»kc^ and the necessary medicines ^ free 
of charge. Of course^ serious ailments and operations ^ich confine people to bed 
fro a long time do not pert>iin to a Dispensary; such cases must be treated in the 
hospital, as no where else could the poor receive the necessary care. 


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I^ Illinois Staats-Zeitung , AUg. 3, 1874. 


The first annual meeting or the German Dispensary was held yesterday, at 

10:30 A. ivi. , in the office of i*ir. Julius Rosenthal, llr. Ghristoph Holtz 

was elected chairman, and Julius Rosenthal, secretary. Then Dr. F. C. 

Holtz read the following '^Annual Report" on the activity of the German ^ 

American Dispensary (sic)": 

The department for internal cases treated 1,272 persons; the surgical de- 
partment 558; the department for female diseases 172; and the eye and ear 
division 142. 

Report of Physicians to the Board of Directors: r 

From July 1, 1872 to July 1, 1874, 2,132 patients received medical treatment, p 
1,300 males and 852 females. "" 

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It is hardly necessary to state that although the Dispensary was founded 
by German physicians its doors were not closed to other nationalities; 
a comparison reveals that all the nationalities within our cosmopolitan 
city were represented: Germans by 976, Americans by 480, Irish by 119, 
English by 75, Russians and Poles by 356, Kustrians by 27, Scandinavians 
by 67, Dutch by 11, French by 6, Italians by 6, Swiss by 6, Canadians by 
3| and the Australians by 1. With reference to the number of Germans who 
received treatment, it should be remembered that only adults are included 
in the figure 976, since the children of German parents are counted as 
iuaericans. Thus it can be said that more than one half of the patients 
were Germans, This proportion is not surprising; it is exactly what our 
doctors expected, and shows that an institution like the Dispensary is 
needed for the Germans of Chicago. 

Everybody must have noticed that there was only one Geianan hospital in Chi- 
cago, although a large percentage of the population is German. And after 
the Jewish Hospital was destroyed by fire in October, 1871, there was not a 


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single institution in which the poor among Chicago's 100,000 residents could 
obtain free medical treatment. And was there no need for one? Indeed there 
was, for the Chicago Fire did its greatest damage in that part of the city 
where the Germans lived; and many of them were reduced to penury. But we 
have araong others the Cook County Hospital, the Mercy Hospital, and also Cen- 
tral and other dispensaries! Are needy Germans not treated just as well as 
other patients in these institutions? Most assuredly; only doctor and patient -o 
must be able to understand one another. Hovjever, since the poor have little ^^ 
time to study languages, as everybody imows, how can there be any intelli- pi 
gible conversation between a patient who cannot speak English and a doctor ^ 
who cannot speak German? With but a very few exception:: none of the doctors g 
stationed at the institutions mentioned speak any language other than English. ^ 
Therefore it is to be expected that poor Germans would seek medical aid from o 
German doctors with whom they can discuss their illness in their mother tongue. 

Thus the German physicians were long aware of the need for a German hospital. 
And in the hope of interesting Chicago *s citizens in the establishment of a 



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German hospital, Drs. Ernst Schmidt, H. Merkle, Christian Fessel, John 
Schaller, Gustav Hessert, Theodor Wild, Thilo Brauns, C. Gaetjens, M. 
Mannheimer, and F. C. Hotz founded the German-American Dispensary, an 
institution where indigent sick persons may receive free medical advice 
and the necessary medicine. The activity of such a. dispensary is, of 
course, limited; it is confined to those patients who are able to come to 
the institution. People who are seriously ill, or who must undergo major ^ 
operations which make it necessary for the patient to remain in bed for a ^ 
long time, cannot be cared for at the Dispensaiy; such patients should al- ^ 
ways be taken to a hospital, for they require medical attention and care 
which they can seldom obtain at home. For this reason the doctors at the ^ 
Dispensary were frequently obliged to refuse to admit some patients to the 
institution, and sent them to hospitals instead. And the fact that 2,132 
persons received treatments, despite these limited facilities, proves con- 
clusively not only that the Dispensary is a necessity, but also that it 
should be enlarged and made into a hospital. 


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It was necessary that our Dispensary be centrally located, in order that it 
might be accessible from every part of the city. The high rentals in the 
central part of the city, and the limited means at our disposal made it dif- 
ficult to obtain a suitable place. However, we finally found a centrally 
located building at 201 Fifth Avenue, and rented the basement from lyir. A. F. 
Otto, the owner. Y»e managed to divide it into three consultation rooms and 
one waiting room. At the opening of the Dispensar/, July 1, 1873, the fol- 
lowing schedule was established, and it was maintained throughout the year: 

Office hours: 11 a. m. to IP. M. , excepting Sundays and holidays. 

Internal illness: Treatment daily by Drs. Schmidt, Wild, and 


Skin and throat diseases: Treatment twice weekly, by Dr. Mannheimer. 

Women's diseases: Treatment twice weekly, by Dr. Brauns. ^ 

Eye and ear diseases: Treatment twice weekly, by Dr. Hotz. ^ 

This schedule is still in force, except that the department for skin and 
throat diseases has been combined with the department for internal illness. 



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and the department for vjomen's diseases is open four days a week. 

During the course of the year Drs. Fessel and Merkle retired from active 
service and are serving as consulting physicians together with Drs. H. A. 
Johnson, \V. H. Byford, E. Andrews, Moses Gunn, J. ;7. Feuer, C. L. Holmes, 
DeLaskie (sic), and Miller (sic). 

The places of Drs. Merkle and Fessel were filled by Drs. S. D. Jacobson, ^ 

Gustav Fischer, and Lackner (sic). -z^ 


Since it was planned to dispense free medicines it was expected that the 7: 
purchase of medicines would constitute the chief expenditure in our ac- o 

counts with druggists. We were faced with the problem of securing good "^ 

medicines at low prices. In all other dispensaries prescriptions are com- 
pounded at the dispensary itself, and the average cost per prescription at 
the County Hospital is twelve cents; and this does not include bottles, the 
purchase price of vials, cartons, etc., or the salary of the pharmacist. 

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We did not think that this procedure would be feasible for our institution, 
because it was highly improbable that we could obtain the services of an 
efficient pharmacist, and because we have not enough room in our quarters 
for an adequate pharmacy. Later, an attempt to do the dispensary ourselves 
merely served to confirm our opinion; for when the German Society of Chicago 
closed its Lodging House and presented us with the pharmaceutical labora- 
tory of that Institution, we did not have the necessary space to store the 
supplies, even though they did not constitute a complete laboratory, and we 
were forced to have our prescriptions filled at nearby drugstores. In May 
and June the dispensing was done by Mr. Iv!uffat, who had been the pharma- 
cist at the Lodging House. He did this work free of charge, and did it very g 
well. However, when he left, conditions grew worse. Several German phar- """ 
macists promised to have their assistants do the work, and arranged to have ^' 
one of present at our Dispensary every day to fill prescriptions, but 
not all of the pharmacists kept their promise, and we were obliged to have 
penser and Kadisch compound many formulas. Only 1,080 prescriptions were 
filled at our Dispensary. 




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Experiences of this kind certainly strengthened our resolve to abandon the 
idaa of maintaining a pharmacy in our quarters. And so v;e endeavored to 
have our medicines compounded by contract; we made an agreement with Ur. R, 
Rosen Merkel, and then with Penser and Kadiach to have all prescriptions 
issued by the Dispensary filled at cost price. On the basis of this agree- 
ment 4,785 prescriptions were filled at a cost of .p911,84, or an average 
cost of 19j- cents per prescription. The reason for the difference between 
this amount and the price paid by the other hospitals mentioned is that those 
institutions select only low-priced medicines, and the patients furnish the 

Thus it appears that our arrangement to secure medicines on contract and to 

stock only those medicines which can be icept in their prepared state, is -^ 

the better one. Cj 

F. C. Holz, Secretary >* 

Mr. Julius Rosenthal reported on finances: 

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Balance August 1, 1874 | 3,959.44 

Bills receivable 210.15 

Total ^ 4,169.59 

Disbursements, Year Ending July 1, 1874 

Rent $ 240.00 

Furniture and fixtures 445.00 

Instruinents 93.75 

Books and stationery 94.93 

Watchman 233.50 

Trusses 133.60 

Medicines 1,067.29 ^ 

Total I 2,308.07 

Prescriptions filled 5 751 



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Income, Year Ending July 1, 1674 

Relief and Aid Society | 5,000.00 

German Society of Chicago 300.00 

Doggett, Bassett, and Kill 300.00 

Jewish Aid Society 150.00 

Brewers' Association 200.00 

After the members had been convinced that it is preferable to have all pre- 
scriptions filled at a pharmacy, Dr. Hotz was instructed to draw up a con- 
tract with some pharmacist. 

Thereupon the following men were elected members of the executive board: 
North Side, a. C. Hesing, H. Claussenius, Michel Brand, Francis Lackner; ^ 
West Side, Christoph Hotz, Louis Sievers, John Buehler, Louis FUerstenberg, r 
South Side, Julius Rosenthal, Nelson Morris, George Syndacker, George 



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Schneider. Ghristoph liotz v^as elected president, and i^^mncis Lackner, 

iidjournmeni. lollov.ed. 


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Chic a;;o ?ii.!e_s, .^ec, 16, 1872, 

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Haas Fark To Be ?raiisfor::Bd Into ;l 
Great Cemetery. 

A v/eek or more ar*o inencion \r\s irjEidQ in the Tiries of a project uo convert Kaas 
Park inT.0 a Gerinan non-sectarian cemetery. The inatter originated amonr the 
German lodges and societies, and the scheme is rapidly developing-. 

A month or tv/o af^o, several societies held a conference over the iratter and 
extended invitations to all other '}eri^p.n societies and lodges in the city to 
meet them, in council. The invitations met v/ith a p^eneral response, and at a 
meeting, held a v/eek, 44 societies were represented. At this nieeting, a 
committee was appointed to consult the interest of tl-e project and report at 
a subsequent meetingo 

It v/as evident from the beginning th.t Haas Park would be the final chok^e of 


There !^on-3ectnrian G'3rm'rns '.'ill Rest "^ 

'.fter Life's Fitful ?ever# £ 


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not only the corrjnitte, but of all those ./ho v/ere in one v/ay or another in- 
terested in the inatter. 

Cn yesterday -afternoon another hieetinc-; v/as held en Clark Street, in the Odd 
7ello"^''^s Hall, at which delegat-s fro:n about lorov societies were present, 
includin'^ those from Gern-n Kasonic lodges. Odd Fellows, Sons of Ilerinan, Haru- 
gari, Druids, Turners, Ijiishts of Pythias, etc. The larce hall was crov/ded. 

L'r. Rose, principal of the -Grerman hif^h school on Maxv/ell otree'o, called the 
meetin;;^ to order. lie s' id they had come to deliberate upon the location of 
a cemetery. Lr. Van Langen, the secretary, then read the minutes of the last 
meeting. Upon the invitation of the chairman, a dozen delegates, appointed by 
their respective societies since the last meeting, handed in their naj^ies, and 
expressed a desire to participate in the purposes of the meeting. 

The Chairman then stated that they had decided to purchase Haas Park and !.!r. 
Francis Lockner, attorney, had kindly volunteered to attend to the legal 
points involved in the enterprise. A Charter had been granted, and the ceme- 
tery would be known under the name oi' "V.aldheim** (Forest Home) and they were 
now prepared zo dispose of shares. 

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Chica go Tii Les, Jqc. 16, 1872. 

Several propositions v/ere received froia various oa^ties offering tracts of 
land for cemetery purposes, none of v/hich v/ere nearer than 13 miles from 
the courthouse, and received little support. The sentiments seemed to pre- 
vail that the be^t \/as tlxe cheapest • LIr. I'aas, iroia the conLaittee on grounds, 
spoke at length, and to good purpose in favor of Ha^^s Park. The ground was 
more elevated than any that liad been offered. Besides, it was but half the 
distance from the city of any other, and if desired, burial parties could pro- 
ceed thither in carriages. 

I.>. Blaner said he had been informed that a large tract v/as purchasable near 
Calvary for about $250 per acre. One delegate seemed to doubt the statement 
of his brother. He knev/ that the trustees of Calvary had desired to purchase 
more land northv/ard, but v/ere unable to do so on account of the temperance 
people of ':i]vanston, v^o objected to the near proximity of spirits. Still 
other sites v/ere sugp;ested, but met with little favor on account of their in- 

A resolution was then adopted, instructing the committee to buy Ilaas Park for 
^'aldheim Cemetery, toother resolution vas adopted to proceed immediately with 
the disposal of shares at .il5 each, the same being equivalent to one lot 9 x 

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18 feet in size. The cost price of Haas Park, a tract of land 140 acres in 
extent, will be 'lOSjOOO. 

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• •• The plans as now under consideraoion, involve a f^ri^nd inonument to be placed 
in the centre of the cemetery, and -ibout this will be [grouped the various lots 
of the societies proper, and it is proposed, in time to place upon each a 
separ^.te monuir.ent • • • . 

The Alexian brothers have immediately built a provisory hut of boards at the 
place where the hospital stood and are already back at their merciful activity. 
We hear they have taken two sick people into their little hut and have sent 
out two brothers to collect the most needed foodstuff and some bedding for 
their charges. 



Illinois Staats Zeitung , Oct. 13, 1871. 


The Alexian Hospital on the North Side has been totally burned. The seventy 
patients in it have fled !Iorth. ^even persons who were hurt at the last fire 
have been moved by carriage into the Milwaukee Avenue police station. Dr# » 
Leifert remained to the last minute at the burning house, until all the 
patients were saved. 


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ILLINOIS STAATS ZEITUNG, A pril 25th. 1871. 


The hospital of the Alexian Brothers here in Chicagp has recently "been honored* 
In Laramie, Wyoming Territory, a hospital has been opened by the Union Pacific. 
Bue to reports in Chicago newspapers that had attracted attention, the Union 
Pacific turned to the Rector of the Alexian Hospital asking him to take over the 
task of ftirnishing and administrating the hospital in Laramie. The reqiiest has 
been granted. From Aachen (Aix-Les-Bains) twenty brothers of the order will be 
coming here. Dr. Baxter and Brother Paiilus will go with them to Laramie by way of 
Omaha* Professor Beleke will accompany the expedition* 




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and Protective Institutions 
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St>Paal>8 Bote (Eng*. -Oerman Monthly Maeazlne) Tol.UU., Sept. -Dec. 1933 . P-22U. 

Uhllch Home for Orphans. 

(Organized in 1868 hecanse of distress arising from Civil War; one of 
Chicago's first children's hoaes; founders and administrators were of 
St. Paul's including Pastor Hartmann, Conrad Puerst, lin.Enoke^ John 
Baur, LoTxis Haas, J.H.Uuhkle.) 

After the fire had consumed the temporary building occupied by the 
children, a new and spacious Home was erected at Burling and Center 
Streets and occupied by the dependent children until the year 1928. 

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TT Abendpost ^ Apr. 22, 1928. 

UHLICH ORPH/iM H0I.I2 IS 60 YiS-'lRS OLD TODAY. ^' ' "' ' 

The Uhlich Orphan Korne, a German institution v/hich has sheltered poor orphans 
for six decades, celebrates its 60th anniversary today. It is with real 
pride and satisfaction that tho^e who participated in this work of Christian 
charity, can look back upon the history of the Home. 

Sixty years a^o the foundations were laid for the orphan home by the Rev* 
Joseph Hartmann, then pastor of St. Paul's church. Through his efforts the 
home was established on Clark and Jebster Streets. Pastor Hartmann took over 
the managemsnt of the institution and l^s. Christine Ratsfeld, a true helper, 
became the "mother" of the Hone. 

In the year 1867, llr. and Lirs. Uhlich, a very wealthy German couple, gave the 
Home a large lot bounded by 23rd Street, ./entworth Avenue, 24th Street and 
La Salle Street. In honor of the noble benefactors, the Institution became 
known after that as the Uhlich Orphan Home. 

The property at that time "^ms not very valuable, but its value increased 
steadily with the development of Chicago, and today the parts leased to 

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warehouses and factories bring in the considerable a^iount of ^50,000 yearly. 
During the great fire of 1871 the buildings burned down. 

LIr. Jean I.luehlke made a donation of .^20,000 toward a nev/ orphanage. Next 
year the foundation of a building v/as laid on Burling and Center Streets, and 
the year after that it was ready for occupancy. The Institution became too 
small and an addition became necessary • 

Here i.r. Giiarles ./acker extended a helping hand, and inade a donation of 
$10,000. Other philanthropic families like Seipp, Uihlein and Conr2.d Furst 
contributed larger amounts to build the needed addi-cion. 

For 50 years the Institution carried on its activities on Burling Street, 
but then again the building became too small, therefore the younger genera- 
tion had to solve the problem of enlargintr ahe Home once more. The pastor 
of St. Paul's church, J. Pister, was asked to take charge of an or^^aniza- 
tion for the rebuilding. I.Ir. Pister declared himself willing, and due to 
his tireless efforts an executive committee was organized, composed of the 
most prominent membars of the German element • 

The president of the committee is Postmaster Arthur Lueder, vice-president; 

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Dr. Otto L* Schmidt, secretary; Pastor Jacob Pister, and treasurer, V/illiaui 
\I. \Yieboldt» Other officers aret Messrs. Carl Buehler, Otto F. Closius, 
Henry Schoellkopf, Charles Schick, llax Teich and Frederic J. Haake. Ur. 
'Jieboldt, the treasurer of the coirinittee, deserves special thanks for his 
efforts in raising the required 250,000 dollars. 

Mr. Henry V/, King, the superintendent of the Hoitb, is an experienced teacher. 

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Abendpo8t > April 19, 1928. ftrA (ILL.) PHO;, Su^J^; 


New Location For The 
Orphans* Hoiib* 

The Uhlich Orphans' Home, 2014 Burling Street will celebrate its 60th year 
and after that move to its new location on Irving Park Boulevard* The mana- 
ger of the Lane Court Theatre on Center and Clark Streets, Mr. Ronda, had the 
children of the orphans* home as his steady guests in his movie theatre every 
Sunday and on holidays for the last five years. 

Yesterday evening he arrar^ged a special farewell performance for his favorites* 
Lead by Mr. King, the superintendent of the institution, they luarched to the 
theatre and occupied the best seats. Shortly thereafter Attorney John R. 
Philp made a speech, praising Kr. Ronda for his generosity towards the 
orphaned children. 

After that the children went one by one across the stage, and each individually, 
presented to their fatherly friend, a flower. lir. Philp then handed Lir. Ronda 
a group picture of the children, )i*iich he accepted with great pleasure and 
promised to give it a place of honor in his office. 

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Sonntagpost , Aug. 17, 1924. \v, (. / 


Sister Kaethe Fischer, directress of the Infants Home in Hilden, near 
Duesseldorf , V/alderstr. 161, writes: ^'Onr Home takes care of very 
young children, varying in age from several days up to three years, 
providing shelter in cases where the mother died, or, where it 
becomes necessary for her to earn a livelihood. It also includes 
children who are physically weak and ailing.** 

"The poor suffer severely. The cost of milk, coal, light, clothing, 
and iinderwear is prohibitive, unsurmountable. May the Grood Lord bless 
the benevolent people who help us." 

Also the Children's home, Newhaus A. Tun, sends a call for help. The 
Mome, built in 1720, needs sanitary improvements, and the directress 


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does not laaow how the necessary funds might be procu2^ed# Cash gifts 
are very welcome and would be greatly appreciated by all inmates. 
M. Theodora Altman^ superintendent* 

Doctor Eidam, Chief Medical Advisor in Gunzenhausen, asks help for 
two benevolent institutions. The Children's school, where children 
from two to six years are fed in a modest manner, and the Milk 
distribution department. If these two institutions fail, due to 
prevailing high prices, then the youngsters are doomed. The older 
ones will loaf on the streets, and the younger ones die in droves, 
in the ^aame manner as formerly, before I organized these two 
projects. The small contribution given by the local community is 
insufficient to continue this work, and, therefore, I beg you most 
ardently to help us and to have mercy upon our poor children. Grod 
will reward you, and we, as well as the children, will thank you 

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Sonntagpost , Aug. 17, 1924. 

A widow with five children is in dire distress. Her eleven year old 
son is mentally deficient, the mother suffers from cancer of the liver, 
and is iinable to do hard work. She implores you to help her. Mrs. 
Franz Wulf , V/idow, Dortmund I. V/estfalen, Stollenstr. 19. 

Paul Herbrich, Dresden, A. 16, Nicolnistr., asks for a donation, as 
he and his feunily suffer. He can work only two days a week, which is 
barely enough for daily bread. 

Mrs. Ida Steuer, Altona, Goebenstr. 29, lived in Russia before the 'Tar. 
She lost everything and thus far the German government did not give her 
any indemnity. Y/hat she is enabled to earn is not enough to sustain 

Mrs. Caroline Oppolzer, 86 years old, widow of a captain and her sixty- 
six year old sick daughter ask for help, as neither is able to earn 


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Sonntagpost ^ Aug. 17, 1924, 

anything. Both eke out an existence, depending upon the charitable 
contributions of their compatriots. Wien 2, EH. Karl Platz 20. 

Johcmnes Kunze, Hohenstein, Ostpreussen; The ;7elfare received this 
letter, expressing heartfelt gratitude %o Miss Martha Fischer of Fox 
Lalce, for the pac]cage« 

Sister Anna Marie Wenzel quotes from a recent communication: "Allow 
me to express my heartiest thanks for your present. You would enjoy 
seeing how we utilized ererything. The overcoat was converted into 
a Sunday short coat, a sort of hunting- jacket for my large boy, and the 
girl is over-joyed about the white silk dress which I fashioned out of 
the white silk coat by using a little Imagination." Frieda Salmon, 
widow with nine children, Berlin-Schoeneberg. Grunewaldetr* 71* 




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Sonnta^post , Aug. 17, 1924. 

Paul Kamin and Family expressed their appreciation about the box of 
provisions they had received, ^s the clothes v/ere too small for the 
children of that family, they gave thera to the president of the 
Ladies Association for further distribution. 

Help us to ameliorate suffering in the Cld Fatherland. Misfortune 
still afflicts many. Send money and old clothes to the office of the 
American ;;elfare, 128 Korth La Salle Street, Room 47, Phone: Franklin 
0339. Beautiful handmade CTerman articles are on display here and offered 
for sale. The books of Professor Rohrbach are also available. The 
proceeds will benefit starving students. 



Abendpost ^ Aug* 7, 1924. 


The chairman of the Peoples Alliance of the Bernhard Comniunity in Stuttgart 
writes: ''Although conditions in general are improving in Grormany due to the 
temporary cessation of the nerve-racking devaluation of money, there exists, 
nevertheless, considerable distress among people of the middle class. They 
lack money to buy even the most necessary items. Earnings are less, with 
living expenses vastly higher than before the War. Therefore, clothing, 
shoes, underwear, and bedding, have been used indefinitely, until a large 
I>art of the population walks about in rags. Here want always predominates. 
How gladly we would like to help the cultured people of the middle class 
whenever they knock timidly at our door. Thank God, and thanks to your 
contributions, we can occasionally ameliorate conditions here and there. 
And, therefore, we Implore you not to tire in this work of neighborly love 
in seeking help among the members of your circle." 

Friedrich Kiefner, Stuttgart, Schlosserstrasse 7. 

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Abendpost , Aug. 7, 1924. 

Doctor '/Jolter, in Falkenburg, asks help for the following people • . . . . 
/k list of names appears, describing sordid conditions, Translator/ Charlotte 
Schumann, an orphan, even tries to support a grandmother, but her meager 
earnings are insufficient; she also asks for aid. 

"In the name of the Children's Refuge and the Sisters, I herewith desire to 
express my heartiest thanks". . . . writes Reverend Doctor Kruetschell. "7/e 
are facing the purchase of our v/inter's coal supply and necessary additions 
to our provisions for the sixty-nine children. But equally important is the 
nev/ roof for our building which burned recently. The walls remained intact, 
but v/ill break unless bridged over, and, therefore, we add the urgent supoli- 
cation: Do not forget us in the future " 

"Thanks, ardent thanks for your presents which vjere sent to me in box '^229 " 

writes* Johanna ./olter, directress of the St. lledwings Lyceum in Reisse. 

7/e appeal to all. Enable us to send some help to the above enumerated cases. 



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Abendpost , Aug. 7, 1924. 

Beautiful German hand-made articles, also honey, are offered for sale to 
help the sufferers abroad. Obtainable at our office, 128 North La Salle 
Street, Boom 47, Phone: Franklin 0339 • 

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IV Sonntagpost (S\inday Edition of Abendpost ) , May 18, 1919. 



Adolph Kaxifmann 

**No child and no elderly person among us shall be without a home." 
This was the motto chosen by St. Paul's German congregation v/hen the 
members decided to enlarge the field of their benevolence by founding 
St. Paul's House, which may be looked upon as a sister institution to the 
Uhlich Orphanage. Quietly, without the least publicitj?-, indefatigably, 
day in and day out, the industrious members of the various societies of 
the congregation worked at the project, and they continue to do so. Owing 
to the liberality of Lr. Karl Buehler the work has rapidly progressed. 
Originally it was planned to erect a two-story building next to the church, 
on Orchard Street, fifty feet south of Fullerton Parkv;ay, on the site of a o=f 
beautiful wooded comer lot, v/hich the congregation had purchased years ago 
for that purpose. But now, thanks to laV. Buehler, this plan has been sup- 
planted by another, more extensive one, for he has purchased the entire 




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IV Sonntagpost (Sunday Saition of Abendpost ) , May 18, 1919. 

square block, bounded on the east by California Avenue, on the north by 
B^Ti^on Street, on the v;est by rozart Street, and on the south by Grace Street, 
aiad has donated it to the Kome. This plot of cround is 267 feet v;ide and 
599 feet long; it is located one block south of Irving Park Boulevard and 
one block west of the north branch of the Chicaco River. The newly organized 
Park District, River Park Improvement Association, is laying out a public -g 
park, which is to be called California Park, on the west bank of the River, ^ 
thus making the site of the Home ideal for its purpose* All of these streets ^ 
are paved, v;ith the exception of California Avenue. Since there is a street- ^ 
car line on Irving Park Boulevard, the Ravenswood Branch of the Northwestern -^ 
Elevated is close by, and other lines of the streetcar system are not far o 
away, transportation facilities are as good as one could v/ish them to be. ^ 
In addition, the grounds of the Home are removed from the lanes of heavy S 
traffic so that the peace and quiet of the inmates of the proposed institu- 
tion will not be disturbed. Bie v/ide experience and excellent taste of the 
founders presages the utmost in comfort and convenience as far as living 
quarters are concerned. 


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IV Sonntacp ost (Sunday Edition of M)endvost) ^ May 10, 1919. 

Kav I must refer to past histor::. It was on New Yearns Day, 1908, that 
Reverend Rudolph. John, under r'^^osie able leadership the concrecation built 
its beautiful church edifice, which is one of the finest in the country, 
architecturally and as a religious institution, informed the members that 
collections made during the preceding three v/eeks amounted to ::)8,007, that 
this sum was sufficient to liquidate the indebtedness of the Church, and -^ 
that, chiefly through the activity of the Ladies Aid, contributions to the 3 
amo\int of $50,580 had been received over a period of nine years. Hius there o;. 
v/as opportunity for service in a new field. Reverend John then eloquently r- 
appealed for the execution of a plan which had often been the subject of ^ 
discussion during the past years — to provide a home for the aged members of o 
St. Paulas and other churches. He called attention to the fact that the ^ 
Germans of Chicago maintain a home for the aged at Forest Park, but that S 
the congregation shoxild erect and maintain a similar institution, which c?{ 
mig^t serve as supplement to the one v;hich is being operated in the western 
suburb. He stressed the fact that the r)rimary purpose of the proposed home 
should be to provide a haven of peace and rest for those members of St. 

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IV Sonntag post (Sunday Zdition of Abendpost ) , Llay 18, 1919. 

Paul's, v/ho have contributed to the upkeep of the church for many years 
and who need help in their old age. In many cases their children have 
established homes v;here there is no room for the parents, and are able 
to support only themaelves and their children. Reverend John also pointed 
out that it is the duty of the Church to care for its old members, and not 
to leave them at the mercy of outsiders.... 

He continued, "It is true that our congrecation could pay to the illtenheim 
the fees reouired for the care of its elderly members, but that institution 
has a lone ^^/aitinr. list, and cannot accept all those who apply for admission 
because it lacks the necessary room and facilities. Therefore, it v;ould be 2 
welcome news to the board of directors of the German Old People's Home if oj 
St. Paul's could tell the members of the board: 'You need care for our old s::^ 
people no longer; we will do it ourselves.'" 

And Reverend John's appeal vms not made in vain. Preliminary work was begun 
and finished, and if general economic conditions permit, the cornerstone of 





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IV Sonntagpost (Sunday Edition of Abendpost ) , Llay 18, 1919 • 

a very comTortable home for the aged may be laid a year from nov/. 

/Ttiis article is accompanied by three half-tone reproductions of line 
drav/ings: 1) three column-eighth of a page, plan and elevation; 2) six 
col\imn-three sixteenths of a page, front and side elevation and floor plans 
of a two-family dwelling; 3) three colurrji-fourth of a page, front and side ^ 
elevation and floor plan of a four-family dwelling^ ^ 

Arthur 7/altersdorf is the ilrchitect; ./illiam Barnhardt, /kssistant /irchitect. p 


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II D 3 Sonntaf^post (Sunday Edition of Abend_nost ) , Nov. 34, 1918. 



Sisters of the Society, Poor K^ idservants of 
Jesus Christ, Fifty Years in Chicago 

The plain but thrillinf^ words of the Angelus: ^Behold, I am a maidservant 
of the Lord,^ which reveal such unlimited confidence, humility, and sub- 
mission, such all-embracing love, may have been the motto of that snail 
group of sisters — there were three of them — vi^o,on November 9, 1868, first 
came to Chicago, to assume a parent's place for those children v/ho had become 
orphans. They were the Sisters Teria Ilyacinta, '"aria Bella, and T.'aria Corona 
of the Society of the Poor Maidr>ervants of Jesus Chri5^t, whose headquarters 
are still in Dernbach, in the Diocese of Limburg on the Lahn (Germany). In 
the middle of the nineteenth century there lived in this dIp-co a servant girl 
named Katherine Kasper, who was deeply distressed by the hard times which then 
prevailed, the social misery, and the complete lack of adequate hospitalization. 
Bishop Blura of Limburg was, at that time, active in word and deed among his 
parishioners in an effort to alleviate the distress and, inspired to action b; 



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IV the enthusiasm of this frreat man, pratherine Kasper enlisted the co- 
operation of s:/mpathetic mair.ens for the relief of the distress v;hich 

existed at that time. She herself went into the homes of the poor, the sick, 
and the friendless; helped wherever she could; took care of the children and 
adults and cleaned their living Quarters; supplied the sick with medicine, and 
praised her Lord and Saviour from the bottom of her heart that He had considered 
her worthy of performing these services in His name. She and the girls who 
accompanied her moved into a shabby little house in Dernbach, which was later 
to become headquarters for the Society of the Poor Maidservants of Jesus Christ, 
founded August 15, 1851. Later Katharine Kasper became the Tfether Superior of 
this benevolent sisterhcod and assumed the name T'other !.!aria. She was in charge 
of the order until she died in 1898. 

There are two things which the Crerman has always preserved, no matter v/here fate 
has put him, namely, loyalty to his native tongue and adherance to the faith of 
his fathers. Faith and homeland are, indeed, two closely related ideasl Here, 
too, in America, the Germans have kept close together regardless of material 

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IV gains* Thus German communities of the Evangelical and Catholic faiths 
v;ere established* This sentiment which prevails amohg rrerrnans prompted 

Bishop !• H. Luers, of Fort Wayne, to call the Poor ^^a id servants of Jesus Christ 
from Dernbach to his diocese. The Vicar-General of the Bishop of Chicago at 
that time 'var? the leverenrl Peter Fischer, a real dyed-in-the-v/ool ^-erman* He 
was at the same time President of the German Orphan Society and had, a fev; years 
before, founded the Guardian Angel Orphanaf-e, which was manatred by a married 
couple* Immediately upon their arrival in America, Father Fisher called the 
three venerable sisters who have been mentioned above, to Chicago| and on 
November 9 they took over the Guardian Angel Orphanage. This was their first 
real settlement in America, as the headquarters ih Fort V/ayne v/ere not founded 
until the following year, up to which time the pioneer sisters of the Order 
resided in the vicinity of Hesse-Kassel, in the Diocese of Fort Wa:^me. The 
services which the good sisters have performed here, because of their untiring 
love for humanity, belong to the history of Chicago's welfare organizations. 
We shall point out, therefore, only the toain items in their fruitful activities. 

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IV The name of the Guardian Angel Orphanage, on Devon Avenue, has become 
familiar to all Chicagoans. The institution has had a wonderful record, 

Nearly eight thousand children have been brought up, educated, and clothed by 
the sistei^ since the Orphanage was established. Children of all ages have 
found a good and comfortable home there. The sisters take care of orphans 
and of serai-orphans who have b.-en abandoned by their father or mother. One 
has to see with one's ^es how the children, big or small, love the good 
sisters, really to appreciate this wonderful institution. The president of 
the Orphanage, the Reverend Georg Sisenbacher, co-operates with the sisters 
in ma^iaging efficiently. 

But the Poor Llaidservants of Jesus Christ must do more than mer^ely be of 
service in the Orphanage. Their love for suffering and starving humanity made 

them enter other branches of charity also. Faithful to their duty, they went 

into the dwellings of the sick and helped as much as they could. 

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II D 3 Sonntagpost (Sunday Edition of Abend^ost ) , Nov. 24, 1918, 


IV These efforts were climaxed when the sist'^r.s opened a cloister in 
1875, dedicated to the Mother of God of Everlasting He''p, and located 

on North Avenue near Hudson Avenue, from which thirty sistervS served as 
visiting nurses and provided medical care. In connection with this cloister, 
the sisters opened up the first day nursery in Chicago in 1879. 

\Vhen, at the beginning of the eighties, a smallpox epidemic brol^e out in 
Chicago, it was again the Sistars of the Society of the Poor !.!aid servants 
of Jesus Christ, who went courageously into the homes of the disease-stricken j 
and administered aid. ITie fight against that disease v;as , at that time, not 
such a simple matter as l"-. is todp^^, and a pf^rson afflicted v/ith smallpox v;as 
shunned as if he had leprosy. For ^veeks at a ti-^.e the nurses had to remain 
quarantined with the natients in tx^eir homes. After the nla/^^^ue had been con- 
quered, the city built the hospital in which T)atients with contagious diseases 
v;ere isolated, and the sisters were put in charge. This "oaved the way for 
hospital service and, in 1887, the sisters opened the St. Elizabeth Hospital, 
one of Chicago's model hospitals, under the supervision of the Reverend 

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IV Sister Polycarpa. Another hospital of which the sisters are in charge 

is the St. Anne's Hospital at 49th Avenue /sic/ and Thomas Street, which was 
ready for service in 1903« 

The services performed by the sisters in the field of juvenile education can 
be attested by many abl-? and efficient men today, who have sat at their feet 
in the various parochial schools of the city. Since 1884 the .sisters have been 
teaching at the St. Augustinus School and for years have taught at St. Heinrich^s 
and at the Heart of Jesus School. 

The seed v;hich was transplanted from Dernbach has borne glorious fruit. The 
work of the good sisters was blessed because faith and love were their only 
motives • 

Today we can visualize a long procession of noble nuns who labored ^s Poor Maid- 
servants of Jesus Christ in that society of sisters. At the head of the li.^t 

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IV we :rjst nention the good Sister Hyacintha. V/ith only brief interruDtions 
she /as superintendent of the Guardian Angel Orphanage until 1885, v;hen 

the chapter of the Society elected her provincial of the headauarters at Fort 
Wayne. There she died just three years aro. Sister Blrroa was the i!other 
Superior only a short time, from November 9, 1872 until October 10, 1873, when 
she died. She was succeeded by Sister Radegundis, who v/as Mother Superior 
from 1885 to 1889, and she was followed by Sister Bartholoinea, Mother Superior 
from 18^^9 to 1895, and at present first assistant at the Orphanage. After her 
came Sister Closinde, from 1895 until 1897, v4io died in Aviston, Illinois. 
She v/as succeeded by Sister Bf^rtina, who was in charge of the Guardian Angel 
Orphanage until 1916. Her successors were trie "Reverend Sisters Lucia and 
Hubertina. The Senior Sister here in Chicago is the venerable Sister Paschalis, 
who h.-^s been active at the Orphanage for forty-six years. No one else is as 
capable as she in teaching the boys and making them behave, ohe is now seventy- 
seven years old and is still supervising the garden and conservatory of the 
institution with untiring efforts. 

It was originally intended to celebrate the sisters* jubilee on November 9, the 

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17 day when the sisters took over the (Guardian An^el Crphanepie, But the 
influenza, and the prohibition of public meetinrs during the epidemic, 
frustrated this T>lan. The jubilee, in which everybody who can ap^:reciate the 
work of the sisters would rladly participate, will be held on TTovember 26# 
At ten o^ clock a High Mass will be celebrated, which Archbishop /George 7/^7^ 
T.'^undelein will attend. The Holy Coimunion will be consecrated by the Reverend 
Theodore Oross of Blue Island, who will be assisted by the Reverends Louis J* 
Maiv/onn, August Kunnewinkel, ahd Dominicus Diederich. The above-mentioned 
priests are former pupils of the sisters. The Yj nar-General, Consignor 
Francis J. Rempe, will deliver the sermon. After a banquet, inmates of 
the orphanage will give a performance. 

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Illinois Staats Zeitung ^ December 11, 19l6» 


To work 50 years in peace and love is admirably. The association of the 
Uhlichs Orphans Home was able to celebrate this rare, beautiful festival* 
In the spacious institute are stationed at the present time, ninety children, 
at the ages of 3 to I8 years • Young people who outgrew the institution, 
but consider it still as their home, are coming back for a visit from time 
to time* 


he association was established in I866 by a loving woman, who considered it 
her duty to saw for needy children* Out of the purpose originated two years 
later, the orphans home, an association consisting now of 250 members* 
The Board of Directors, and the members of the association are prominent 
German-^Americans of Chicago* 




II D 1 0AT)endpo8t, Ju ly 5th, I9IO. 

City Mission* 

The directc^a of the Benevolent Association in the service of the Lutheran 
City Mission ftttembled last Sunday night to "balance their books respectivCt 
the financial outcome of the picnic held "by the City Mission. It was decided 
to turn over the net profit of a'bout $800.00 to the Lutheran Home for Orphaned 


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A'bend^ost, February l^th, 190o* 


The Administration Board of the German-Catholic Orphan Home of the arch- 
dioces of Chic-go, which also manrges the cemeteries St. Bonifacius, St* 
Mary and St. Joset)h has just made its report on the fiscal year ending, 
December 31s^» 19^5» 

During the last year 23k children were taken into the institution, 18S 
were discha.r^-ed; ik died and 532 remained. Of the total 7"^^ ^^^^ "been 
cared for, of which I3U "belonged to the infrnt grout), and 55U visited the 
school. The remainder have "been discharged from school. Of the latter, 
the boys will he given work on farms, gardens and homes. The girls will he 
instructed in house sM needle work. In the St. Bonifacius cemetery IO9S 
funerals took T)lace, in the St. Mary cemetery 355, and in the St. Jose-oh 
cemetery 36 during the last year. Costly imorovements were made at all 
cemeterlBS. The new Administration Board consists of presidents Pater, 
Peter, Paher. Vice President;Rev. Ed Goldschmidt. Treasurer; Adpm Jaeger. 
Secretaries (Reco'l'ding) Aug. Benz, Rev. J. P. Schiffer, N. J. Kluetzsch, L.' 
Niehoff , Phil IS'eher, Julius Weske. 



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SATISFYING SUCCESS ... .  ^ . '.; -..■•,;, 

The annual report of the Administration Board of the "Oerman Catholic Orphanage 
of the Arch-Diocese of Chicago" and of the three Cemeteries, St» Bonifacius, 
St« Marie and St. Joseph has just been puhlisned. Prom extensive statistical 
materials are taken the following points: To the Orphanage 246 children were 
admitted, 200 were discharged, 6 died and on January 1, 1904 the number of 
foster children was 469. A total of 675 children were cared for. In the 
past year enclosed playrooms were built at a cost of $11,500; also five new 
greenhouses, Tvhich proved to be an excellent investment. 

At the cemeteries, St. Bonifacius and St. f^arie, 1636 funerals took place; the 
receipts were $53,002, $11,169 more than in 1902^ The St. Joseph Cemetery will 
be dedicated this summer. The receipts of the Orphanage were $b,180 from gifts, 
$8,142 from board and $1,709 from collections. The expenses were $43,513, 
leaving a deficit of $30,581. This amount was covered by the total receipts 
of the organization. Of the debts $8,583.50 could be repaid. 

The directors for the present year are: Rev. A. J. Thiele, President, Rev. 

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Peter Paber, Vice-President, Adam Jaeger, Treasurer, August Benz, Secretary* 

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Chicago German Evangelical Societies 

Participating. • # • 
Judge Brentano's Speech 

Yesterday's concert of the Evangelical parishes of Chicago and vicinity, 
which was given at the Central Music Hall, Comer Randolph and State 
Streets, was an outstanding artistic, as well as financial, success* 
The net proceeds from yesterday's income will add a sizeable sum to- 
wards the building fund for the annex of the Bensenville Orphanage 
and Home for the Aged* This institution has been supported by our 
Evangelical communities for the last five years* The addition is to 
be built in the Spring. 

The first number of the exceptionally varied program was Burowsky's 

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"March Solenelle,*^ played in a masterly manner by the far famed organ 
virtuoso, Dr. Louis Falk. The next selection was Lalo*s violin solo, 
"Syiuphonie iispagnole,'* rendered by 3arl R. Drake which delighted the 
audience. As an encore, he gave "The Sea Glistened to the Far-Away 
Horizon." Mrs. Carl Brandt's selections brought v/ell-nigh unending 
applause, necessitating an extra offering. She sang the "Aria of the 

Tage" from Meyerbeer's "Huguenots" Friedrich Schoensted's 

piano solo, "La Somnambula" (Somnambulist) by J. Leybach, evoked calls 
for repetition. . . • 

As a divergent feature. Miss Alma I^ufhold gave several excellent 
recitations. Although only a school-girl, she showed profound musical 
talent. The most imposing number of the evening v/as undoubtedly J. 
Pache's composition, "In the Spinning Room," wherein the soloists and 
choir of St. Peter's Parish, consisting of about fifty ladies and 
twenty five gentlemen, proved their attainments, gi /ing credit to 


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their diligent director, Mr« J. A. Michel* The public accorded them 
well deserved applause. 

Judge Theodor Brentano then addressed the audience, lauding the 
philanthropic attitude of the Evangelical Protestants. • • • 7.-e 
quote part of his speech: ^Many of you who are accustomed to seeing 
me among mundane surroimdings will wonder why 1 should have been 
requested to speak here. The answer may be found by our standing on 
common ground, where men of the worldly right should collaborate 
peaceably with men of the divine law* 

Our vocations in life may show different trends, religions, beliefs 

separate us, personal interests clash, views and habits prescribe 

our definite paths, but on one point we should stand united, zealously. 


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unselfishly — in the realm where we meet today — charity* This is our 
great duty as a human being. Mankind must be possessed with a noble 
spirit, show benevolence and have good character, and therein alone are we 
differentiated from otuer living creatures. But above all, it is a dictate 
of the religious, the Christians. And if the name of this parish is of 
any significance, the Evangelical Synod, which desires to imbue us with 
a spirit of love for its benevolent institutions, then it might be said 
that it is built on an iSvangelical foundation acting in accordance with 
Evangelical principles in the spirit of Christ, its leader and His apostles; 
following their tenets it will not attack its enemy, but will love Him 
instead. It doec» not only protect the helpless, but actually comes to the 
rescue — not merely watching the forgotten orphan, it becomes a foster-father 
and mother, and even provides a loving home for the decrepid and a^ed. 

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III C Illinois Staats-Zeltung , Jan. 31, 1901. 

The wish to ameliorate humanity's position, and practicality in 
achieving it, is commendable and deserves emulation. In my opinion, 
not only the Germans, but especially the mexabers of the Evangelical 
Church glorified themselves in sho\iring their sense of charity when- 
ever the occasion arises, and thereto must be added this genuine 
Christian institution. 

The creation and maintainance of the orphanage and infirmary represents 
the recognition of an evident duty. If this work of the various ch\irches 
and communities proceeds in the proper spirit, then it will prove a great 
blessing and benefit, because the external and internal success of 
religious benevolent activities is entil'ely dependent upon the mental 
outlook. If the evangelical attitude is applied, then the efforts will 
be blessed in proportion to our adoption of its commands. 


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One notes in the Evangelical Church in particular, that the profoundest 
blessings in the realm of philanthropy filter down from above. In this 
creed, which represents the religion of Grerrnany, where the emperor is 
the ecclesiastical, as well as temporal ruler, one is impressed by his 
noble example of ceaseless, personal donations for the charitable 
institutions of his domain and cread. 

And the Evangelical Synod of North America endeavors to follow the 
path of the church of our old Fatherland. The synod does not only 
consist of ministers, but comprises all members, and by that I mean 
the evangelically-minded, who face a great, sacred duty which not 
only involves them, but it includes all Germans, invoking their generous 
support for this benevolent institution which has done so much good 
heretofore, and intends to continue its humane work. The maintainance 
and successful continuance of these labors are an honor involving us 

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III C Illinois StaatS"Zeitung > Jan. 51, 1901* 


Even if every tear has net been dried, nor all sorrow swept from the 
portals of mankind, yet, nevertheless, everyone can do his share to 
decrease suffering and ameliorate conditions which afflict hximanity, 
whenever called upon to aid the aged, the weak, destitute, the waifs 
and orphans* It behooves us to help the cause on general principles." 

The Teutonia Male Chorus. • • .and the aforementioned artists contributed 
selections for the closing numbers. . . • 

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ABECTPOST , September 12th, ISgg. 


Hoerber ramily Received Thanks, 

The orphans of the German Catholic Orphanag^t as well as its management, the Board 
of directors of the Uhlich's Orphanage, and the Alexianer Hospital extend their 
most heartfelt thanks to J. L» Hoerher, Jr. , and to his family for the payment of 
$2000.00 for each institttion out of the legacy of the deceased John L. Hoerher, Sr» 



ABEHDPOST . August 20th, lg97# 

Orphan Home in Addison ' 

Annual report on the l)les8ed work of this Institution* The Board of Directors of 
the trerman-Ainerican Orphan Home at Addison, De Page County, Illinois, has just 
published their regular annual report, of which we call attention to the following 
statement St- 

In the institution there are at present 101 children. In the past business year thexB 
were 91 applications for admission, 6l of which were from Chicago • Of this number 
20 children, all from Chicago were admitted* Of these there are 5 total orphans, 
13 half-orphans, 10 boys and 10 girls* 

The teacher Bmest Leubner and his wife Wilhelmine see Wagner act as parents of 
the orphans* 


A'bendDOst, August 11th, 1396* 



The Administration of the German Ev^rt^^elicnl Lutheran OrDhrn Asylum at Addison, 
Dupage County, Illinois has just puhlished its annual reT)ort. The following 
deserves s-necial mention: 

The Institution lodged in the T)ast year 97 oriohans, 52 hoys and ^^ girls. There 
were 39 orTDhans and 58 half oruhajis; from Chicaro came 63 children* The* health 
condition of the inmates was excellent. Confirm-d(Religious) were Ig children* 
12 hoys and 6 girls* 3U aT5T)lied for admission, of which only 9 could he accet>ted, 
the otners had to be refused, for lack of sr^ace. Among those refused, there were 
only 5 orphans. The asylum r-'-ceived last yecr^ several legacies, the one from Mr. 
Willi?m Buschmann o-^ $5000. .. stands in first Dlace. It is intended, to erect an 
addition, and make imnrovements to th^ total amount of $11,000. As suT)erintendents 
Teach'^r Ernest Leuhner and his wife, nee Wagner, are functioning. 


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Al'jeudpos t, April 10, 1893 • 


The acL-iinistr^tion of the Uhlich Orphan's Ho..ic, colebrc-ted lar,t ni[;ht 
in the Centrr.l Music Hall, its 2Sth an:iivers'".ry« A larr;e attendance 
w^s present and the ^aests had an opportunity to v^atch the orphans 
at their place's and their work at "both of vrhich the^ ;7ere quite at home. 
The numher of orphans e%t present housed, has increased to aoout V^Om . 
The total receipts for the year were $13,18o»41. The exprases wore 
$18,523«02 of w ich the ^re ter part went into ne;7 ouilJin;;s. ?or 
household and asylum of the orphans, $7, 327 .04 were spent, about $71.01 
for each child. Not considered in this anoant are lar/^e quantities of 
food, donated to the institution, also the v;orks o:^ the vromen and 
maids' club, which is v-" lued at $1200.00 a year. The Board of Directors 
of the orphans home consists of: Wilhel... Knocke, president, John Baur, 
secretary, I. L. Dietz, treasurer, F. W. ?orch, Wm. Schick, lac. Huber, 
Henry Keller, Ad. Kurtz and Pastor John. Dr. Albert Ochsner of 710 
Sedgwick 3tr~.-:t is th?. house physician of the institution. L!r. Jos. 
E. I.iuehl^'Ce is the lawyer. The management of the home is in the hands of 
the couple A. II. Lan^ and their daughters --iss May a.nd ^m':la Lang. 

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ViT. L* Kehl is the g^'-mnastic teacher. Th-^ women's club to which the 
institution is so much indebted consists of Sophie Iliemever, president; 
Magdalene Peters, vice president; Marie Pfeifner, secretary; Kat'iarina 
Hoefner, treasurer. 

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DIB JBEHllPOST , September l6th, lg95* 

The Orphans Festlral at Addison. 

All congregations of the State of Illinois^ lAiich are memhers of the German 
Orphan Hone Assodationt celebrated yesterday the 13th annual Orphan Festival 
at Addison(Illinois«) The attendance by yisitors and gaests was nnasually large, 
which* pleased exceedingly Pastor LnechSt who was leading the chorchserri ce on this 

Pastor Bodach then gave a speech, pointing out the needs and imnense care^* 
requirements of homeless children* Also the pastors Doederlein and Fischer 
addressed the assembly and appealed to the generosity of the German Lutherans 
for contributions towards the welfare of the Addison Orphans* 

A well arranged program of ousic-piecest chorus-songs and recitals of Tarioas 
kinds concluded the celebration, which netted a profit of $U000*00 for the 


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Die ATaendpost, Deceml)er 1, Igg**, 


Prominent German citizens have formed a Corporation for the inxrpose to build 
an Orphan Home at Hyde Park* The original sponsor of the idea was Pastor J. 
A* Bodeek, who is known all over Chicago for his humanitarian activity. The 
office of the Corporation is located at 69 Bees Street, Chicago, and is under 
the supervision of John Henes, Gustav Buiehmann and Charles Henes • Financial 
plans for the construction of the Home planned will he soon published^ 



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ABBiroPOST. A ugust ISth. 1893. VJPA (ILL) PH^^^-^^^'^ 

Uhlich's OrDhanage. 

Yesterday's picnic of Uhlich's Orr)hanage followed st>lenrlid course, favored by 
the "best weather end the ST)onsors can he fully st^tisfied. The main speaker was 
Pastor John (St. Pauls Church). In elequent wor-i^s, he showed thnt the institution 
enjoyed always the symr)athy and suT)T)ort of nohle-minded Deot)le and closed with 
the wish that tnis goodwill may l&st in the future. General Hermann Lieh expressed 
to the directors and com-^ittee in the name of the guests his thcnks for their 
ac^ ivity and tneir success. 

The well-known husiaiess men, Mr. Charles Emmerich delighted the children 
"by individual practical presents. 

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The picnic at udgen*8 Grove •» a festival commemorating the 25th Anniversary 
of Uhlich's Orphanage * attracted many friends and admirers of the 
institution* The achievements and influence of this orphanage have found 
worthy recognition even among the non-Cxermem population, a proof that 
interest in its future does not wane but, on the contrary, is bound to grow< 

At one o*clock| headed by Ur. A. H. Lang, superintendent of the orphanage, 
emd a brass bemd, a children parade starting from Burling, near Center 
Street, marched gayly to the grove, a festively decorated spot which 
soon became the scene of great msrrymaking. As in the past, this year the 
Ladies' Club had donated tempting delicacies, which were greatly relished 
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Pastor Joha made a speech in which he expressed gratitude for the cooperation 
given the orphanage in the past, adding that the same attitude was expected 
to continue in the future; since the success of the institution depends 
on the generosity of the people* He remarked that the interest shown on 
this occasion was proof that cooperation was not lacking* The next 
speaker was General Hermann liieb* He spoke in English, thanking the 
leaders of the institution for their work in behalf of the community, 
regardless of national origins* 

Some of the orphans entertained the picnickers with songs which earned 
them great applause* 

Then came a long awaited feature of the program which quickened the 
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selected according to individual taste, vAiich made the children still 
happier. The climax of the festival was the raffling by the Ladies* 
Cliib of a velocipede, the tickets for which were eagerly and vociferously 
demanded by all the youngsters. The picnic ended with a repast, after 
which the homeward march followed* 

The festival, as usual, was planned by the staff of the institution. 

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The Uhlich Orphans Home Picnic. 

In "Ogdens Grove" , ClylDOurne Avenue thir. years r)icnic for the "benefit o * the 
akove home took place last ni^ht. Beautiful weather fr.vored the festival and a great 
number of members of different charitable institutions were "oresent. At the TDresent ' 
time the humber of ort)hans in the Institute total ninety two. The ^ests and 
orphans amused themselves with various olays, assisted by the h'^nsefather C. A. 
Herrmann, and the Women's Club of the Orphana-gs catered for the refreshments donating 
the money out of their own pockets* 

, Pastor John of "St Paul's Chu^:n" gave a speech in which he referred to the loss 
by death of housefather Leising, He expressed the hoDe that the home would flourish 
under the new n:anagei|ient. The st)eaker recommended the orphanage for the benevolence 
and charity of the Germans in Chicago and hoped that they would contribute as they 
hitherto have done and so the festival ended in the most T)leasnnt way. Mr. Wilhelm 
Enocke, John Bauer and W. Schenke deserve special praise for the way they orgenized 

and arranged the amusements, and so the oicnic at the eri:)hans home resolved itself 
into a ha.T)r)y ending. 

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The prof^ron fcr tc-mcrrov/'s concert, viiich is scheduled tc take place ^ 

at the l^crthside Turnhall fcr the benefit of IJlich's Orphanage, is nan- "^ 

aged 8jid arran-:ed by i:rs. ilenry Scherenber^. 

nine nui.ibers are listed: Piano sole, duet, violin solo, declojiaticn end 
a Zither Tri o, 2 solos for voice. 

Af.ter the concert a "ball" will be given. 


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Chicagoer Arb eiter Zeitun^, Dec. 14, 1888. 

MAUERMANN TO STAY. .^^ ^. tf. i ,. i , j. .. 

The board of directors of the wonderful charitable institution v/hich has 
become better known lately as the Uhlich*s Orphanage, declared at its 
yesterday's general meeting, that it could not afford to lose Ur. Ivlauer- 

Mr. Mauermann is said to have promised to inflict corporal punishment on 
the children in a more discreet manner. He also will serve better food 
whenever inspectors should come around. He also was advised to treat 
reporters more courteously in the future so there would not be any repe- 
tition of this scandal. 

II D 4 Chica.g;oer >4rbeiter Zeitung , Bee. 7, 1088. GSm.I;4N 

/^nicii^s 0R?nA::AG^7 

(Editorial. ) WPA dl L .) P^Oi 2027[) 

The Board of Directors of the Uhlich's Orphanage, spiirred by newspaper 
reports regarding the manner in which the wards of Uauermann are fed and 
treated, felt induced to start an investigation* 

These facts were disclosed: The children's food consists mostly of bread 
and syrup. The treatment of the children, - especially of the boys, is 
far too severe, often it is cruel. The main educational instrument is the 
rod* Such are the results of the investigation. 

Will these gentlemen, realizing now the state of affairs, take measures to 
stop these abuses? That would look as if we cared about what the press 
writes or to admit that •\)ur management* up to now has been no good* To 
make improvements, let us wait until the end of the year, then we can pro- 
ceed ••out of our own iniative** • thus spoke one of these wise fellows - 
and his words were officially approved. 

Concerning the brutal beating of children, it was resolved to request Mr* 
Mauermann to forbid his son to mistreat the little ones and at the same time 


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Chicagoer Arbeiter Zietuiig> Dec, 7, 1888* 
to give Mr. Mauermann a vote of confidence. '^-^ ' Li "^1  ?( 

Y/ho would dispute the fact that these Christ ian-Germaii counsellors of waifs 
are smart, clever and humanitarian people? 

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Chicagoer Arbeiter Zeitung ^ Dec* 6, 1888. 




The flight of 11-year old Alfred Bloch from the German-Svange licai Uhlich's 
Orphanage has disclosed more new facts about the mis -management of this 

If the statements are true which neighbors of this institution and the poor 
orphans living there, are making - one must admit that this German-Evangelical 
charitable institution is comparable to the ill famed Sxiropean baby farms so 
far as the cruel treatment of the unlucky little ones is concerned* 

The neighbors of the institution complain in unison that the children are 
being mistreated by the superintendent, Mauermann. Many stated that they had 
seen children between four and five years of age beaten and thrown on the 
ground of the garden by a brutal attendant, for the most trifling reasons* 

Mr. Mauecmann himself uses a scourge and also a knotted rope to chastise the 
wards. Almost all of the children of ^,his institution have marks on their 
faces and bodies as a result of this inhumEtn physical punishment. 

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Chicago er Ar be iter Zeitung ^ Dec. 6, 1888, WPA (ILL.) Plinj "-iorv 

Not satisfied with that, Mr. lAiuermann also lets the children entrusted to 
him go hungry, as they themselves relate. There is always some reason found 
for punishing a child for irregularities and in this case it is the result 
of Mr. bkuermann*s economy, which allows his cash register to accumulate 

Urs. Bradford, principal of the Arnold School across the street where al-l the 
children attend classes, trifled these statements and said that she had for 
a long time had the intention of informing the Humane Society about the mis- 
management of this institution, endowed and founded by the millionaire, Uhlich, 
and now uxider the supervision of a board of directors composed of German-* 
Evangelical pastors of the North Side. 


Illinois otaats-Zeitung , Aug. 11, 1881. 


The orphanage festival given by the board of the institution at Ogden's Grove 
yesterday was a great success and exceeded even the expectations of the most 
optimistically inclined. 

The children to whom Uhlich's Orphanage means "home** rose at an early hour. 5 
They were eager to enjoy the day and could hardly restrain themselves. Finally, ^ 
at nine o'clock, after being nicely dressed, combed, and fixed up, they set out rj 
led by Superintendent Blankenhahn and several other persons and proceeded to -o 
Center Street, where they boarded an open car which the North Side Street Car o 
Company had provided gratuitously for the occasion. After arriving at the oo 
corner of Clark and Ohio Streets the children marched to St. Paul's Church and S 
shortly afterwards formed in line again. Led by the Germania Band, they re- 
turned to Clark Street and proceeded to the car barns south of Division Street, 
where two Clybourn Avenue cars, reserved for them, brought the beaming children, 
the orphanage officials, and the brass band to the picnic grounds. 


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Illinois Staats-Zeitun^; , Aug. 11, 1B81. 

At Ogden*s Grove the children amused themselves hugely, but the festival did 
not come into full swinge: until late in the afternoon. 3y three o'clock there 
were already several thousand people present, mostly women and children, and 
towards evening the Dlace was densely crowded; it was a joy to behold what an 
interest our Germans showed in the orDhans. 

A signal was given at three o*clock, whereupon the children came to the band 

stand and fell in line; led by jMr. Blankenhahn, they proceeded to the restau- ^ 

rant while the band played a lively march. Ivlrs. Lange, wife of the bakery [J 

owner, treated the ha^py throng to ice cream and cake. ^ 


Other food was generously provided for the youngsters by the members of the oo 
Ladies' Club. Ivlrs. Brauckmann gave meat, Llrs. Niemeier, president of the club, !^ 
potatoes, etc.; and others donated various items. In short, the little ones 
could eat to their hearts' content. Pastor Kling of Salem Church and Pastor 
Klein of Zion Church came at an early hour and met many of their church mem- 
bers. Pastor Eartmann of St. Paul's came towards evening and soon afterwards 


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Illinois 3taats-Zeltung . Aug, 11, 1881. 

mounted the band stand and addressed the crowd in a short speech. He expressed 
his regrets that the Reverend Mr, Lambrecht because of overwork could not de- 
liver the festival speech, and he then accorded a fitting tribute to President 
Garfield, confined to his bed, wounded by an assassin's bullet. Then the 
speaker expressed his appreciation of the beneficent work performed by the 
association which maintains the orphanage and gave thanks, in the name of the 
board, to all who had come to attend the festival as well as to the Germans in ^ 
general for the liberal support given to the institution at all times and par- 
ticularly when its finances were near the vanishing point. Ihe speaker re- 
ceived loud applause. 

In the evening, after the day's work was done, men also came to the park in 
large numbers. Beautiful illumination increased the attractiveness of the 
festival, which was not marred by any untoward event; joviality prevailed un- 
til midnight. 

In this connection we must mention that Mr. Blankenhahn, whose work as 





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Illinois Staats-Zeitung , Aug. 11, 1881, 

superintendent has been greatly appreciated by all, tendered his resignation 
three months ago, and that it was reluctemtly accepted. His successor, the 
Reverend Mr. Mauermann, former pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran congregation 
of Homewood, Illinois, will take charge on the first of September. He is re- 
garded as a very capable pedagogue • 



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Illinois Staats-Zeltimg , Aug. 10, 1881 


GrO to Ogden^s Grove 

Tte yearly picnic for Uhllcli^s Orphanage will be given today at Ogden's Grove* ^ 
The festival is different from former picnics of its kind because no appeal to p 
a definite contingent in our community is made; instead of invoking the aid of -- 
this or that club, involving people from certain districts of Germany, such as ?' 
Baverla, Nassau... • etc. , the festival committee now asks all our local Germans - 
to participate. The annual picnic given by Uhlich^s Orphanage long ago took ?r 
on a much broader aspect; it became a German picnic, and all Germans went to 
the affair if it was possible. This is entirely due to the fact that the pub- 
lic in general has become fully aware of the institution's humanitarian efforts 
and knows that the children are well taken care of, that everything is done to 
provide an adequate substituta for the parental home, that the youngsters are 
not compelled to exist in dungeonlike surroundings but live and enjoy them- 
selves like children not bereft of parents, that good schooling is provided, 
and that although their education is based on Christian principles, no bigotry 

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Illinois Staats-Zeltung , Aug. 10, 1881 • 

is resorted to. Besides, the public knows that the administration is capable 
and economical in its management and is therefore able to care for a large 
number of children* 

This year the institution needs more money than formerly. With an increase 
in population there is also a correspondingly larger number of orphans. The 
place is beginning to be crowded, and an annex is urgently needed. For this 
reason the appeal has been general. Participation in the picnic helps to 
increase the funds of the institution. We feel that no one will ignore the 
appeal unless prevented by illness/ftrom attendin^^* Ogden^s Grove can be 
reached equally well by the Webster Avenue line or the Clybourn Avenue line. 



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Per .Test en, Jan. 9, 1881 

Wk (ILL.) PPOJ. 3D?/;. 

To call a person charitable is a fine tribute paid to trie one devoted to the 
alleviation of the sufferinc-; of iiumanity. "Put nothin^:^ can be nobler V'?.n to 
tai:e the place of father cr nother to th. little orphans, and rear and guide 
then all throu.^h childhood until they too are ready to take their places in 
the outside v;orld. This is exactly the v/ork the mana^er.ent of the Gterrian- 
Catholic orphanaf^e in Hosehill has announced to do. Various "^-errfian-Catholic 
coiniiunities throu-'hcut Chicago have adopted thi.3 hunane systen of caring for 
orphaned children ten years ar:o. Considerin/^ the comparatively short period 
since the oricinal orphana,2;e of Hosehill v:as built, and the fact that that 
structure v/as dostroyed by fire, Oct, 26, 1879, it ±3 highly commendable 
indeed, that th*:y have not lost any time to erect a nev; orT^han asylum, 
surpassiHv^ in excellence the buildinr; consunied by the flames. . . . Imposing 
ceremonies precedec the openin-^ of the or )hanar:e Thursday. 

The home is built to accomodate 300 children. Aiaonp:^: the fifty-six boys and 


Per '.Jest en , Jan. 9, 1881 • 

forty .^irls in the hone nov;, are also tv;enty foundlin'zs. The iriana.^ement of 
the institution is entrusted to an Adninistrative Council, vihich is chosen 
by the seven Catholic cornnunities, res^ionsible for the erection and maintenance 
of this home. But t o sisters, knov.-n as servants of Christ, are the direct 
manr-^er.^ of the home. The headcuarters of t eir organization are in Gernbach, 
near Coblenz on the Rhine. 

Children placed in this "'rerrnan-Catholic institution reriain there until after 
they have received first conaunion. Thereafter, they are placed in private 
homes, but ronain under the ^uarc ian.'hip of the Crphan's lome until they 
reach maturity. 

Inasmuch a^ the nev/ building is very spacious, the sisters have tahen upon 
thoiaselves still greater responsibilities, namely, to take in, anc care for, 
motherless infemts, althou^^h tho father itiay be livin,^. 'lany a young ';;idov;er, 
finding himself in just such a nredicam^jnt , Till hail this excellent o-^T^ort unity 
offered to him by the sister j to ^ive the child proper care and rearing. 


Dor ^'Jesten ^ Jan. 9, 1861 • 

After tho sirolo but ir.ipressive dedication cerononies vi -ve concluded, the 
installation' of the nev/l^^ elected officials too.-: place. They are: later 
'Issing, froi.i tho St. rj.cha3ls co:: .unity, president; C, 'enn^ pastor of 3t 
Ilonifacius Church is vice-president; Adairi L. .L^ber^ is treasurer; and 
Lorenz Pdehl, lacr^tary. 

The building is equip-oec. •••:ith al' the latest ::od rn coriforts. . . • 

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Per Westen (Sunday Edition of Illinois Staats-Zeitung ) , 

Dec* 7, 1879, 


The executive board of the Rosehill Orphanage cannot begin rebuilding at this p: 

time, because of inclement weather* It will be remembered that the Orphanage t^ 

was destroyed by fiare on October 26. However, as soon as conditions permit, g 
building operations will be started, and, in the meantime, stone will be hauled* 


It is planned to erect a substantial, large building at an outlay of $20,000* z^ 
This is a large sum, considering present funds* However, judging from the 
interest shown the institution in the past, and the hearty response of generous 
people who gave aid after the fire, the board hopes that sufficient money will 
be available eventually to provide a suitable building for the unfortunate 

The executive board takes this occasion to thank all who contributed so 


II D 4 - 2 - GBBaiMAN 

Per Westen (Sunday Edition of Illinois Staats-Zeitting ) , 

Dec* 7, 1879, 

generously and promptly as soon as tbe tragedy became known. In connection 
therewith, we express our gratitude, first of all, to the inhabitants of 
Rosehill, whose ceaseless efforts during the fire prevented destruction of 
the two new adjacent buildings. There was a lack of fire equipment, and only 
the prompt action of the citizens prevented a more serious loss; in fact, 
nearly all of the furnishings of the destroyed building were removed and, most g 
important of all, none of the children was injured. Shelter was provided else- 

The St« Michael* s parish held a fair and gave us the receipts, amounting to 
|800, for which we give ardent thanks, and we also desire to express our 
gratitude for the activities of the residents of the West Side, who arranged 
a concert at the instigation of the Catholic Club and raised |1200; for the 
donation from the Luxemburger Aid Society, $50; for a $50 contribution from 
the Schwaben Terein (Swabian Club); and for |20 donated by the New Strassburg 






II D 4 - 3 - GERMAN 

Per Y/esten (Sunday Edition of Illinois Staats-Zeitimg ) , 

Dec. 7, 1879. 

and Richton conmiunities. 


While it is highly gratifying to observe the generally prevailing benevolent ^^^^ 

attitude, it is also equally deplorable to note the activities of scheming p 

persons who use the fire and the plight of the orphans as a pretext for collect- ^ 

ing money to enrich themselves* It has been reported that people are soliciting § 
funds in the rural districts, as well as in the city, without being authorized 
to do so« 

We therefore advise the public that all persons presenting themselves as 
collectors should be regarded as swindlers unless they can identify themselves 
by presenting letters of introduction signed by Reverend De Dycker, president 
of the institution, or a local parish priest. 

The sisters of the Orphanage — and they are the only ones thus far authorized 
to solicit funds—will hold a house to house canvass in the near future, and we 


• II D 4 - 4 - GERMAN 


Per West en (Sunday Edition or Illinois Staats-Zeitung ), 

Dec. 7, 1879. 

hope the people will rally to the support or the institution. % 

In behalf of the executive board, ^ 

L. Biehl, 3 


Secretary. o 



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Illinois Staats-Zeitung . Nov. 3, 1879. 


A meeting was held at the Vorwaerts Tiirnhalle (Turner Hall), yesterday after- 
noon, to devise ways and means to help the Rosehill orphanage, since the 
orphanage was destroyed by fire some time ago. A fairly large number of 
Germans from the Southwest Side responded. 


Wilhelm Ruehl was named chairman, and Michael Sebastian secretary. The com- 
mittee decided to give a concert on Monday, November 10, at the Vorwaerts 'c>o 
Turnhalle. Fritz Eaepper offered the hall without charge for the occasion. !:3 
Various song clubs and individuals have offered to participate. The committee ^ 
on refreshments also reported favorably. Aloys V/olf promised to supply all 
cigars which will be used on that day. The printers, LIueller, Wagner, and 
Umbdenstock will supply all printed matter free. 

On J. Roeder^s motion, a committee was formed to arrange the concert. 


II D 4 - 2 - GERMAN 

Illinois Staats-Zeitung , Nov. 3, 1879. 

members were: Reverend Ealvelage....^ight in all/'. It was then decided to ^ 
hold another meeting Friday evening, at eight o'clock, in the small assembly J^ 
room of the Vorwaerts Turnhalle, to receive the reports of all committees, and ^ 
everyone having the interests of the unfortunate children at heart is cordially ^ 

invited. ^ 




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IlllnQls Staats-Zeitung , Oct. 29, 1879 • 



Reverend De Dycicer, president of the Orphanage, opened the meeting, and it was 
decided to start reconstr.*ction immediately. The new building ^^lll be 120 by 
50 feet, three stories hi^^ii, and will be made of stone. iiTchitects Paul Huber, 
Dillenburc, and . gan will draw the plans, which will be submitted for approval 
on Thursday, a week from tomorrow. 

Hovj the money is to be raised was not decided — but the matter will be definitely 
regarded as of German concern. Sympathy has been manifested The 

The rebuilding of the Rosehill Orphanage, which v/as destroyed by fire recently, 

was discussed at a meeting yesterday by priests and laymen of our seven Gatho- p 

lie parishes. The following clergymen were present: Reverends jfischer of St. <Z 

iuatonius Church, De DycKer of St. Michaels Church, ... .^even naines altogether/^ ^ 

and Lorenz Biehl, secretary of the Orphanage, as well as Messrs. li. H. Heating £ 

.•../three names/ and others. ^ 

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Illinois Staats-Zeitung , Oct. 29, 1879. 

Vorwaerts -Turner Jan association/ and Lr. Bernhard Baiiin have ofrered the use 
of their halls for various entertainments. 

A general inspection after the fire showed that there wl.s still shelter avail- 
able for the children, also food, but there was a serious shortage of clothing 
and beds; the latter were all burnt. Shoes and boots are needed particularly. 
Donations of such articles will be appreciated. Nearly three-fourths of the 
children at the institution are boys. 




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Per We St en (Sunday Edition of Il linois Staats-Zeitung) ^ 

Oct. 5, 1879. 


Our present orphanage is too small to take care of the constantly increasing 
needs of the German Catholics v;ho desire to place motherless or fatherless 
children in our institution. 


Only three years ago it was necessary to erect a building to provide schoolrooms c| 
and dormitories — and this year a three-story building, 24x74 feet, was added. 
The lower floor contains the bakery and laundry, the second floor is used as a 
dormitory, and the upper floor is used as a drying room, etc. This building and 
other improvements cost about ;|4,000. In order to raise this sum, we appeal to 
philanthropic people of the community. On V/ednesday, October 8, the annual fes- 
tival is to be given at the orphanage. An extra train will leave the Milwaukee 
depot at Canal and Kinzie Streets, at 10:10 A.M. , and will return at 5:45 P.M. 
Admission tickets are twenty-five cents, and if you hold the lucky number you 
will win a buggy. Railroad tickets cost forty cents. 

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II B 1 C (3) 

Per West en (Sunday Edition of Illinois Staats-Zeitung ), 

Oct. 5, 1879. 

As usual, ample entertainment will be provided. The children — under the direction p 

of the sisters — will give recitations, songs, and stage performances, and the com- C 

mittee has made arrangements to serve lunch. ^ 


A cordial invitation is extended in behalf of the orphans. oc 

Very respectfully, 

The Executive Board, 
L. Biehl, Secretary. 

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Illinois Staats-Zeit\mg » Aug. 12, 1879 • 


The annual festival of Uhlich's orphanage is scheduled for today. No other 5 

institution is more deserving of German patronage, V/ith the exception of the "Zu 
Catholic Orphanage at Rosehill,Uhlich*s institution is the only German orphanage r; 

in Chicago, and since children of all creeds are accepted by it, the appella- -^ 

tion ''Germn Orphanage'* is well justified. In theological matters a sensible g 
course prevails; the children are brought up religiousl^r without resorting to 
bigotry or stressing any particular dogma. 



The home, which now takes care of sixty or seventy children, has suffered a 
considerable loss of income in these last years because of the decrease in 
value of the real estate included in Uhlich's endoxvment. The support of the 
Germans of Chicago is therefore urr.ently needed. 

The fact that the children are entitled to sjnnpathy and aid is apparent to 

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Illinois Staats-Zeitung , Aug. 12, 1879. 
every one. It is to be hoped that Ogden*s Grove will be crowded today. 


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Illinois Staata Zeltung . August 22, 1877. 


which took place yesterday, was a great success.. • When time for dejLivering 
addresses drew close, Pastor Hartmann step-oed onto the sT^eaker* s r)latfor!n 
and introduced Mr. Wilhelm Rapp who said: It is indeed no glory for America 
ot the American communities tha:t they do hardly anything to help the 
orphans in which they are far behind the monarchistic countries* But at 
the present time the air is full with all kinds of good intentions, and * 
we hear so much about the duties toward the welfare of the oppressed, so 
let us hope that the care of poor children will he included in this duty*.. 
Most of our orphanages have been established by the benevolent STDirit of 
the United Churches. The German Protestants of Chicago should be praised 
for the Grerman orphanage: the German Catholics of Chicago have built that 
lovely orphanage in Rosehill, and the Jewish communities especially the 
German Jews are the backbone of that excellent orphanage in Cleveland. 

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Illinois Staats-Zeitung , Aug. 29, 1876. 

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3ucce^.s of thi3 colobr-^T.ion. 

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io not sufficient oo cover 

he cnrrenrb exponr^eo ^ nl the debtc incurred in rebuilding -.ftor the v:^eat fire. 

In ordo." to reproduce fniily life ae clo3-^ly a:: possible, tl.e childrvn o no-". 
\7e:ir unif orris, "^iie institution :::a>ee no diocrirninrtion u'-ninst uny children 
on account of reli"iou:3 affilio.oio s. dv ;ry one rd'iou^d yladl;^; ''ive Iiis 
ou^nort jO nhis ins ti'oui^i on :\nd \/e riri confident o'":.t toiay's festivil -./ill 

be a succe33* It -vould be a ein to stai' :.t ho:.:c n nhis beautiful day and 

v.i. • tv 

-..'ill •0 tod:r: to ""ri ~' 



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Illinois Staats-Zeitung , June 10, 1876 



The Gerrrjan lodges of the **Odd Fellov/G** intend to build v/ibh their ovm means 
a home for widows nnd orphnns. Discussions concerning the execution of this 
praiseworthy project have been going on for some time. A committee v/as ap- 
pointed tov/ork out a pl?\n for the raising of funds. This pl^-n is now ready. 
It will be discussed at a meeting of the representatives of all the Chicago 
'•Odd Fellow Lodges** next Saturday afternoon at 2 o* clock in the rooms of the 
Robert Blum lodge, at the corner of L^. ke and LaSnlle Sts. 



Illinois Stuats - Zeiturifi Aug. 25. 1875. i/.^uw. , , p,^,,, ..,„. 


"You are coming to the orphun*s festival, are'nt you? ViTe shall meet there 
this afternoon," were the stereotyped words vath v/hich acquaintances greeted 
each other on the streets. "V/hat is ^^in^S on today?" Americans passing, through 
Clark Street would ask. Tht^ro are so many people on the street • Something big must 
be [;cin2 on. and someti-inf; bir- wus truly .^oinf; on. The Germans knew what was 
the cause for these big crowds -it was the orphan's festival. Prom everywhere 
thd Germans were - frori Archer Avenue and V/entworth Avenue, from Halsted 
Street und Blue Island Avenue, frohi Uilwaukee Avenue and frorj every street on 
the Norths ide. The orphans came around five o'clock accompanied by the matron, 
Iwlrs. Rathsfeld. The president of thu orphanage, IJr. J. H# Uicklke, led them to 
the stu|_;e una mude a short audress. Pastor Hartmann tlianked the people for their 
great support. 

V/e hope that yesterday's celebration will become an annual affair. Yesterday's 
crowd wus a proof that the Germans are eager to take care of their orphans and 
we hope that next year instead of ten thousand, fifty thousand will, take part 
in the orphan's festival. 

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Illinois Stauts - Zeltung Aug. 13f 1875« 

UHLICIi • S ORPHANAGE V^PA (ILL.) ^^01 . 3027b 

Cn the Northv/e^t corner of Burlington and Center Streets a nice red "building 
enclosed by a garden attracts the attention of the passerby. On the frontispioe 
can be seen the inscription: Uhlich's Orphan Asylum. 

The orphanage does not owe its inception uirectly to the man whose name it bears. 
}£r. Uhlioh v/as the chief contributor to the orphanage. For a long time the 
members of the iiivangelical Lutheran St. Paul's parish, had expressed the desire 
to build an orphanage. Collections for that purpose were taken up at picnics 
and several thousand dollars had been collected, when lir. Carl Uhlich died in 
1867 and through his v/ill bequeatlied forty-eight lots to the institution. The 
orphanage v/as then founded at once, A house was at first rented at the corner 
of La Salle and Ohio Streets. VAien this hou. e became too small, the institution 
was transferred to Clark Street, betvreen Sophia Street and V/ebster avenue, where 
it reiaainea until the jeat fire. Later, the pret^ent building was erected at a 
cost of $23,000. The lot cost $9t900. The Relief and Aid Society also contributed 
a considerable sum. 

The institution is completely under the supervision of the First United Lutheran 

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Iliinois Staats - Zeitung Aug. Ij, I875.f^p^! /j[L ^ PPH; - /^^ 

Community. Phis does not iruply thut only children of Lutheran parents are 
received in the ini;titution. h nuiiiber of Catholic children have been admitted and 
only children who have never been bapti£ea» are baptised according to the 
Evan£;;eli cal Lutheran rite. 

We mention all these facts ii. or.*er to interest our German population in this 
wonderful institution. In Cincinnati and Baltiniort. the German orphanages art? 
supported throu/;h an annual picnic. The last one in Cincinnati netted over 
$8,000. V/e v/oncier if it would not be possible to do the same in Chicago. 

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The Chicago Times , June 25, 1871* 

The various German Catholic churches of this city have united In an effort to esta^ 
llsh an asylum for their homeless little ones# A tract of land has been piirehasedt 
but only partially paid for. In the vicinity of Hose Hill, and It Is to be hoped 
that the necessary means to erect a suitable building, as well as pay the balance 
due on the property, will soon be acquired. The bazaar In Its aid, held at the 
North-side Turner hall, during the past week, was well patronized by the charitably 
disposed citizens, and It Is thought that about $10,000 will be realized therefrom* 
One of the most remunerative schemes was the voting for a gold«headed cane and for 
a very valuable set of vestments. Sz«Ald« John Hertlng, of St* Joseph's church, 
won the cane, receiving a number of votes largely In excess of his competitors^ 
St« Michael's parish won the vestments* Much credit is due to the ladles who laboredj 
so Indef atlgably for the success of the fair* 





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The regular meeting of the executive board of the German Old People's Home, 
took place Thursday, June 13th, at the Hotel Atlantic; it was presided over by 
the president, Michael F. Girten. The new members of the board were presented 
and welcomed by the president; they are Frau Berthold Singer and Frau Appel. 
Also present were Frauen: Kuehl, Straub, Sturlen, Beiser, Roessler, Dirks, 
Stark, Gaebel, Swartz, Singer, and Appel; also, Herren, Schaefer, KLenze, 
Seeman, Klaas, Hann, and Ortmann* 

The report of the board of directors, who met at the institution June 7th, was 
read* It contained a reoord of expenditures amounting to $4724«28, Death came 
to Johann Schwartz, Karl Meckenhauser, and Ottilie Raschke* Newly enrolled in 
the home are Mathilda Niemann and Samuel Kosakowsk. 

At the picnic grove, all repair work has been finished, and all buildings have 
been newly painted inside and out* 

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Abendpost, Jxine 16, 1935» 

Hie fiftieth anniversary of the home will be celebrated Jiily 27th, at the 
Loulsen Grove of the home, with a picnic* The fest is mainly for those who 
live at the home« 

Mrs* P. Bock, secretary • 

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3onnta^:post (Sunday Edition of Abend^ost ) , 

Jun-a 2, 19o[3, 

Gia!i\iT Ha::: fc:^ tiij agi:d 

At the last annual nojting or the ladies' sociot:^ of the Crernan Ilo.-ne Tor 
the Ar:ed, the president of Lhe executive conrr.ittea of the Hone, :.ichae3 
O-irten, presented the follov/in;'^ report: 

^The short period during: v/hich I havj been in contact v/ith the ork of the 
^gientlenen and ladies in .vhose hands lien the nanar^enent of the Ger;.un Iione 
for the Ix^^a has {;^iven inQ an insi.;;;;iit into activities little knovm to many 
of our German fellov; citizens. The work performed to render the last days 
of so many old p3ople bearable is certainly an invjst.ient in values that 
v;ill be corroded neither by .ust nor by moths, I re^-^ret that in this year's 
report must be re.i'ictered the dj:;th of :i coura^^ous and .-^ood man, for iitxrrj 
years the president of our organization, P.obert G. 3cheunemann. All those 
v;ho knev; hi-: re::ret ^.is earl'^ departure, and v;e v;iio .;ere familiar v;ith his 

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Sonntagpost (3undn:^ :!]dition of Abend ^ost) , 

June 2, 1935. 

activities v/ill -jLlv/ays honor hin in our nsr^ory. Then, t^iere is the death 
of ::rs. Me::r:^ A. Chatrcop to be nourned. 3he, too, ;as very helpful fcr the 
welfare of the 'lone and v;as for nany y-3ars a number of the executive ca'^jnittee* 
Hay these tv/o officers rest in peacel V;e all hope that .Tian^' of their kind 
v/ill volunteer their services for the !Io:ne. 

**In the course of the year v;e introduced an innovation which has lon£; been 
desired, na'^.ely the appointnjnt of a paid secretary for the finance cormnittee. 
V/e have, I ojlieve, rxide a -ood choice in Lud'-vi^ .;. Kaeuffl. 


'^The administrator's 37'early report is before you, divine accur^ite info mat ion 

about the na^.ber of inraates in the ''oie, ubout innovations, ne;v p.irchases, etc. ^' 

'♦In the name of all .;ho live in the Tloine, I thank all the aeinbers of the 
executive committee, the mem.bers of the various other eo i.iittees, the Junior 


3oimtagpost (Sunday ildition of .^bendi^ost ) , 

June 2, 1965. 

Auxiliary'', the dear, good ladies and .[^entle.aen '.vlio sent yearly contributions, 
and all v;ho in one v/ay or another helped to ':eep up this noble work of neigh- 
borly love. May God repay you a thousandfold.'* 

The regular meeting of the ladies » organization of the Gernan Home for the 
Aged v;ill take place Tuesday, June 4, at the I^ome* The lunc rieon will begin 
at IS: 30, the meeting at 2 T.::. Loiter on, "rs. •]riil Citel /ill lecture on 
poetrr'- and poets of modern tines. 

The Home may be reached by the "adison Street car (to 7800 ./est) or by the 
'Garfield Park elevated (to Desplaines Avenue). 

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Abendpost , Oct. 7, 1934. 


The Ladies* Club of the German Home for the Aged thanks its numeirous friends 
and benefactors for the large attendance at the last bazaar for the benefit of 
the Home* The bazaar was quite successful in every respect. 


The German consul general, Dr* Rolf Jaeger, who was there as a guest of honor » 
made a brief speech in which he emphasized that the Home for the j\ged is one of 
the best equipped and managed institutions he ever visited. The speaker also 
emphasized the readiness of the organization to make sacrifices in order to £ 
maintain the Home for the Aged under all circumstances and in spite of all 
economic reverses* 


The Home for the Aged Organization expresses the hope that the German element 
of Chicago will support in the future, all endeavors of the Home as generously 
as it has done in the past* 


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St.Paaxl's Bote (Sag. -Oerman Monthly Magazine), 7ol.U^. Sept.-Bee.l933.p.225. 

Home for the Aged. 

The church had for almost 15 or more years glyen its almost exclusive in- 
terest to huilding a home for its aged members and in the year 1921 this home, 
organizedt sponsored, built and largely paid for by the membership of old St. 
Paul's, was ceremoniously given over to its intended use. The Directors, as 
in the case of the Uhlich Trustees, were elected annually by the members of 
St«Paul*s Church, thereby indicati^ the indisputable ownership and control 
of the mother church over the institutions, which it by its^irit of faith 
and charity had built. 


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Abendpost , Dec. 27, 1932. 


In the GeiBian Altenheim (Home for the Aged) in Forest Park there was a 

Christinas celebration last night. On that occasion, all but a few ladies :^ 

cmd gentlemen of the board of directors, and many friends of the institu- i> 

tion came. After dinner, there was distribution of gifts. Every inmate p: 

received a handsome parcel which had been prepared by loving hands. It T7 

contained the usual Christmas pastry, cigars and tobacco for the men, rv: 

fruit and candy for the ladies. ^ 

Then followed musical entertainment in the festively decorated chapel. 
After the concert was opened by the good home orchestra, under the di- 
rection of Miss Bmna Olsen, Ifcie Doelling-Schmidt, the well-known artist 
and piano teacher, came upon the stage. She plc^red selections from . 
^Eugene Onegin^ by Tchaikovsky, for which she received great applause. 



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Abendpost , Dec. 27, 1932. 

The applause was increased when the artist played the "Sextette** from 

"Lucia," in the familiar arrangement for the left hand by Leschetizky. It 

was followed ty Mendelssohn's "Auf Fluegeln des Gesanges," the concert 

study in Fmoll, and "Liebestraum," by Liszt and, as a finale, the 

"Tarantella" by Liszt. The artist's masterful presentations were rewarded 

with stormy applause. ^ 

Little Patricia Scheimemann, a pupil of Mae Dolling-Schmidt, fitted her p 

numbers to the occasion. She opened with "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht" and ^ 

»»0 Tannenbaum". Then followed a few concert numbers, the splendid ren- ^g 

dition of which was duly appreciated by the audience and was rewa37ded with 2 

lively applause. The concert piano was loaned by the fiim of Lyon and ^ 
Healy. The concert was brought to a close with a few additional numbers 
from the house orchestra. 

Many of the visitors used the occasion to take a walk through the institu- 
tion. The order and cleanliness, and the comfortable furnishings of the 

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Abendpost > Dec. 27, 1932. 

rooms were duly admired. 

The Home gives xunr shelter to 268 inmates; it is under the direction of 
Dr. Walter Eepmann. He and his brave housekeeper (sic) received well- 
earned recognition. 


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Sonntagpost (Sunday Edition of Abendpost ) , Dec* 18, 1932. 


The executive board of the German Old People* s Home held its monthly meet- 
ing on December 15 at the Hotel Atlantic. Mr .Robert OjJ^Sohexxnemaxm 
presided. The minutes of the preceding meeting were accepted as read. 


Mrs. Straub read the report of the administration, which was as follows: 
Under the chairmanship of their president, Mr. Scheunemann, the committee p 
met on December 9 at the Home. The following ladies and gentlemen were ^ 
present: lAsies. Kuehl, Juergens, Roessler, Dirks, Beiser, Swartz, and ^ 
Straub; Messrs. Scheunemann, Seeler, Hann, and Brisch. 


The books and iuToices were exeonined, and the latter were approved for 
remittemce. The expenditures amounted to a total of $4,734.66. Three 
deaths were recorded last month: Pauline Cordes, yfilhelm Franz, and 
Peter Blum. New entrants: Mrs. Carrie Riedl, Mrs. Justine Lidl, Mrs. Minnie 
Ross, and Mr. W^. Finck. The state of health of the inmates is good; there 
are no new cases of sickness. 



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Sonntagpost (Simday Edition of Abendpost ). Dec. 18, 1932, 

Quite a few new purchases were again necessary. The following gifts came 
in: lyiagazines from Mr. Adolph Gill, books from Mr. L. IT. Kaeuffl, three 
crazy-quilt covers from Mrs. F. H. Arnold, fifty cans of jelly from Mr. 
August Taupel, and a barrel of apples and a barrel of potatoes from Mr. 
Ferdinand Hofz. 

The bathing and toilet rooms at the hospital were rebuilt and made more 
comfortable, and new floors were laid. In the basement of the old house 
a lavatory and a bath were built at a small cost. 

It was necessary to fix the water pump, and the institution had to use 
city water; worn and broken parts had to be replaced by new ones, and it 
took a few days to do this. 

The male chorus of the German Baptists of Chicago gave a beautiful concert 

The farming land has all been ploughed eind manured. ^ 


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Sonntagpost (Sunday Edition of Abend post ) > Dec. 18, 1932. 

with songs, piano and violin solos; It was, of course, welcomed with joy. 

Mr. ^/bn. Elenze, chairman of the committee for admittances, recommended 
the following applicants for admittance :/5iere follows a long list of 
applicants^ The recommendations were accepted. 


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Abendpost , Dec. 5, 1932 • 


The great ball for the benefit of the Altenheim was held Saturday at the 

faahioxiable Medinah Athletic Club. It was well attended, in fact, it was ^ 

much better attended than might have been expected considering genex^al ^ 

business conditions* The Altenheim is popular, not only amoing Qexman- ^ 

Americans, but also by persons tar outside their circles; therefore, enter- ^T 

tainments in the interest of this institution may be expected to draw leu^ge ^ 


Harry Sosnik*s famous orchestra provided the deoice-pr evoking music, and before ^ 
long the floor was filled with dancing couples* The gayety of the happy guests 
increased as the hours passed* Perhaps one of the greatest advantages of the 
Altenheim entertainments is that almost all participants know each other; a 
cordial lack of formality prevails as a result of this familiarity* 

Card tables were placed on the balcony, and guests who did not care to dance 




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Abendpost > Dec* S, 1932. 

settled there to enjoy a pleasant game of bridge or to try their skill at 
a crack game of skat. The ball proceeded with this merrymaking until long 
after midnight when most of the participants reluctcmtly started for home* 

The credit for the arrangement and success of the ball belongs to the follow- 
ing ccnmittees: 

Board of directors, R« G. Schennemann, president; Mrs* !Iheodore Knehl, presi- 
dent for the ladies; Mrs* Henry Klaas, Mrs. John P* Straub, Mrs. Gustava 
Rockener, Mrs. Adolf Schmidt, Mrs. Emma Stierlen^ Mrs. Henry Ghatroop, Mrs. 
A. 0. Blaich, Mrs. John Hetzel, Mrs. Anna Jurgens, Mrs. Arthur Beiser, Mrs. 
Gustav Meier, Mrs. Carl Roessler, Dr. Eathr3rn Schwartz, Mrs. Emil Dirks, 


Executive committee, l&s. William A. Tfieboldt, president; Mrs. Frederick W. _ 
Blocki, Mrs. Em. Eeitel, and Mrs. Ludwig W. Kaeuffl, vice-presidents; Elmer g 
£• Schmus, treasurer. 

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Abendpost > Dec* 5» 1932 • 

Miss Gretchen Eschenburg, yim. A. L« Schaefer, Wm. Mannhardt, Michael Brisch, 
Wm« T* Klenze, Adolph Gill, Emil Seemann, Emanuel Loewenstein, Herman Hann, 
Paul Seeler, H. C. Timzn, Henry KLaas, Ludwig V/. Kaeuffl, Dr« 0» R. Engdlaiann. 

Lodge committee, Mrs* Henry Klaas, Fr. and John P. Straub, Mrs* Robert 

Committee for publications, Mrs. Gustav A. J. Meyer, Mrs. Paul Ortraann. 

Committee for flowers, cigars, cigarettes: Mrs. Ludwig W* Kaeuffl, Miss 
Wilma Hetzel, Miss Lisinka Suehl, Mrs. J. S. O'Connell, Mrs. Adolf Schmidt 

Ball committee: Ludwig W. Kaeuffl, H# C. Timm, William Nehlsen, George E* 

Cards committee: Mr. and Mrs. William A. L. Schaefer. 



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Abendpost , Fiay 19, 1929. 

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;V0I-S!T»13 SOCIiilTY OF QL;R:.1JI old P:::0FLE»S HOI'Ii iJXTREIljlLY ..GTIVE u ^ 


Annual Report Subi.iitted by Frieda Schmidt, President of Home 

At the f^eneral meeting- of the Women* s Society of the Oerman Old People* s Home, 
in Forest Park, the annual report v.-o.s submitted by Llrs. Schmidt, president of the 
Society. The text of the report v/as as follov/s: 

"As you all are av/are, one-half of a century has elapsed since the founding of 
this home for the af-ed« The financial report, v/hich /'ou will hear about from 
the proper officials, shov/s that the G-erman Old People* s Home operates on a 
sound basis, although the capital is insufficient to render the institution 

"This Home depends to a large extent upon charitable donations; it therefore 
seems quite appropriate to remind the friends of this Home to extend financial 
assistance to this v/orthy cause, thus helping to bring security to those whose 


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Abendpost, Ivlay 19, 1929. \^ 


advanced years prompted them to seek the hospitality of this institution.^ 

The proceeds of a card party held last July, when the fiscal year was 
inaugurated, yielded the sum of ^548. 90 • 

Splendid work was also done by the Wom.en*s Sewing Circle associated with the 
institution^ The articles produced by their talented fingers were exhibited and 
sold during the last week of October, 1928 at the Webster Hotel. Thus the sum of 
§3,548»88 was realized toward the maintenance of the Home. 

The charity ball held at the Belden-Stratford Hotel on the first of December 
yielded the net proceeds of .$3,558.25, as a result of the extraordinary efforts 
of Mrs. Henry Klaas, who met with splendid success in selling tickets for the 

The fifty-first anniversary of the founding of the German Old People* s Home. 
wat; celebrated at a luncheon held on April 21 at the V/ebster Hotel. Doctor 

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Abendpost , Viay 19, 1929. \ 

Ludwig Mueller, the German exchange professor at Northwestern University, 
delivered the principal address. 

According to an announcement made by Lirs.Klaas, the list of life-members of 
the institution has been increased by eicht new names. On the other hand, 
the Home suffered the loss of two of its founders, Mrs. Marie Fiann and Mrs. 
Gesine Rapp, who v;ith nine other associates of this organization were taken 
by death. Tribute was then paid to the memory of these departed members. 

Only twenty-one new members have affiliated themselves with the organization 
- in sharp contrast to the number that joined during the previous year. The 
list of members of the organization nov/ contains 516 names. 

The Home was also the recipient of two five-hundred dollar legacies: one from 
Mrs. Magdalena Schmelzer, the other from Ivlr. iSdward Schoellkopf. Furthermore, 
Mrs. Marie Lefens* generous gift of five-thousand dollars was used, as she 
instructed, to increase the endovjment fund. The Wieboldt Foundation also made 
a contribution of five-hundred dollars to this charitable institution. Dona- 

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Abendpost , May 19, 1929. ^*- : . 

tions were also received from the following persons: V/illiam Mannhardt, $150; 
Mr* Homey, $50; Mrs. B. Schulz §50; Miss Poyrne, $20; and LIrs. Ida Marshall, 
$10. In addition, the profits derived froiri the showing of the motion-picture 
"The S. S. Emden,** amounting to '5117.58, was also presented to the institution. 
And finally, Christmas gifts totaling si5415 concluded the list of donations. 

"To all who have contributed tov/ard the success of this association," ^aid 
I£rs. Schmidt jjttj express ray deepest gratitude - especially to the officials 
of the organization and the members of the various committees. 

"In conclusion, I wish to express the great appreciation felt by this associa- 
tion to the Men's Executive Committee, which has at all times given us its 
splendid co-operation." 

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Abendpo8t , Mar* 30, 1928. 


The 50th Jubilee of the Altenheim begetn with an excellent luncheon. This was 
followed by an instrumental and singing program which was greatly appreciated 
by the 300 guests. The festiveuL took place in the Webster Hotel yesterday 
afternoon, and was under the supervision of Mrs. Adolf Schmidt, its presi- 

At her side were>as honorary guests and representatives of the German govern- 
ment. Dr. Hugo F. Simon and his wife. The hall itself was decorated with 
beautiful flowers, and in front of the president's chair sparkled in large 
golden ciphers, the number •*50.'* Everybody was in a lively mood* 

Y/ith well chosen words, the president greeted those present and introduced the 
three surviving founders of the Altenheim, Mrs. liary Mauer, lirs. Gesina Rapp 
and VIrs. Gustava Rockener. After a beautiful prologue, recited by Mrs. Sophie 
Listemann, the Consul General took the word and held the festival speech in a 
humorous vein. 

He remembered the sacrifices of the women during the last 50 years, since the 

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Abendpost t IJar. 30, 1928. .- >: .-. 

founding of the Altenheim. In simple words, he described the sacrifices of 
the first active president of the .Utehheim V/omen's Society, l^Irs* liarie 
V/erkmeister, and spoke of German love and kindred feelings, ^ich enabled 
the institution to grow. He spoke of woman's superiority over man, when it 
comes to lending a helping hand, because the man, on account of his duties 
is unable to devote his time to such acts of love as the Altenheim requires* 

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The r8:^:ular jrestinj of u"^'e executivo coi'initteo of the Oari-r-n 01?. Pioplo* 
Home '.T- G held last "^'/j-irsdoy u?ider "^.he presidency of !Ir. Schenneii^xnj -t z'ne 
\tlnntic Kotsl. After disch r-^^e of the current -'usiner.s, the re-oort of the 
executive cOiin^iittBe '.7^^ submitted, '^he totnl oy.peiiditures amounted to 

The follov/inp* were a-lnitted ris ir: 

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Idolnl: TluoCICv/'^ld 

nd the couple frederic a.nd I.h;.rio Jokel. L.Vg. .l^mlie "i^stoin, • n in<.:ate, 

died. Cn account of the ch:in";e in •7e\.ther, "• nu^nbe • of t:-e old people are 
in t he hospit-:!, but none of ther: is seriourily oick. The follov/in;^ 
-^.p-^lic'.nts nre en::itled to a ".iniGG'^Aon: JC:r nuel '"ovis, 66 ye-^rs old, John 
CJoers 67, !' rio Gebh-irdt 68 ye'\r;s old, also the couplj "ilhel:: ;"nd Anna 
Koeni-^,?! and 39 vears old, ren-^^* ctivelv. 

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Sonntagpost ^ Aiig. 17, 1924* 

Monthly Session of the Executives 

The regular session of the Executive ccanmittee of the German Home for the 
Aged was held on Thursday afternoon at the Atlantic Hotel* President 
Scheunemann acted as chairman. After reading the minutes and considering 
current business problems, the following persons were considered 
acceptable for admission, on the strength of recommendations made by 
the Committee on Acceptance: Miss Anna Mueller, 68 years old; Mr. 
John Busch, of the same age; Bernhard Gerke, 68; John Beerbaum, 68; 
and Gustav Sturz, 72 years old. 

The report of the secretary, Mrs. Constance Eberlein follows, giving 
its salient features: The monthly session of the administration was 
held on Thursday, August 7, at the institution. Present were: Messrs. 

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oonntagpost , Aug. 17, 1924. 

Scheunemann and Groetz, as well as the following ladies: Mrs. Schiaidt, 
Mrs. V. Wyso'vV, Llrs. rieboldt, I.Irs. Kuehl, Ivlrs. Kocp ana Ilrs. l^berlein» 
All books and bills ivere carefully exanined. The total extendi tures during 
July amounted to ^4,549. r. Theodore Hitter, and Ilrs. .^Iwine Schlief, 
were accepted as new inmates. The former on July 2, the latter on July 

V/e ref^ret the demise of several of our wards. 

Everything is in the bep>t of order throughout the premises. The 
following ladies were nominated as members of the purchasing committee: 
Ivlrs. Schmidt, r.lrs. Kuehl, and Mi^s. Juergens. The room committee consists 
of Mrs. Schmidt, Llrs. Hetzel, Mrs. Koop, and Llrs. V/ieboldt; all are members 
of th3 adiainistrative council. 


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Sonntacpost (Sunday Edition of Abendr>ost ) ^ June 213, 1924* 

GjiIRx-ju; ii<.:.E FOR xHS /.GKD 
Yearly Report of the President of the Executive Board 

The yearly report submitted to the general meeting of the executive board by 
the president of the Gennan Home for the Aged, Mr. Robert G. Sche\memann was, 
in essence, as follows: 

'^Ladies and gentlemen: 

^*It is my duty, at the end of our calendar year (Vereinsjahr) , to give you an 
account of our activities and to report on the administration of this blessed 
institution, I airi aware that the management of the German Home for the Aged 
has been exemplary, so that the administration could submit to closest 
scrutiny at any time. Nothing v;as left undone to arrange the lives of the 
inmates in all the buildings of the institution and its immediate vicinity in 
a manner v/hich vms in keeping v/ith its name: 'A Beautiful Home For Old People*. 
I have endenvored to go about my duties to the best of my abilities, and in 


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Sonntagpost (Sunday Edition of Abendpost ) , June 22, 1924. 

this I have received the friendliest and most ready co-operation of all my 
associates, to whom I herewith express my gratitude^ 

^While there are some among the inmates who are a burden to themselves and who 
delight in the exercise of criticism, there are, fortunately, also many upstand^ 
ing old men and women who at all times are v/illing to give their help in the 
kitchen, in the field, in the garden, and in the house. 

^♦Especially expensive repairs were not undertaken, because all needed improve- 
ments had been made the year before. Necessary house furnishings and a large 
number of new bedsteads and mattresses were purchased. 

"At the monthly meetings of the executive board, the recommendations of the ad- 
visory committee were followed in determining all the arrangements which seemed 
necessary for the business management of the Home. 

"The state of health of all the occupants was, in general, quite satisfactory^ 

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Sonntagpost (Sunday Edition of Abendpost ) , June 22, 1924. 

Beyond the ailments broiaght on by old age, there have been no contagious or 

epidemic diseases. To Dr. MasslQW, who as house physician has been doing his 

duties conscientiously, I herewith express our best thanks. Similar thanks 
go to both nurses. 

"Twenty-four pigs were slaughtered, yielding a total of 5,485 pounds of meat, 
and about one hundred chickens were also killed. Our present ^.ivestock 
consists of three horses, eighty-four large and small pigs, and about tv/o 
hundred chickens. Owing to the drought, the vegetable crop was not very 
remarkable. Nevertheless, considerable quantities of vegetables of various kinds 
were preserved and stored away under the supervision of the matron. The Home 
saves much through these farm products raised on its own property. Mr. von 
Waltershausen and his wife, the matron, must be accorded the greatest recog- 
nition for their careful administration of the Home and the loyalty with which 
they have discharged their duties. 

"ilie customary monthly meetings took place at the Home. Moreover, officers 


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Sonntagpost (Sunday Edition of Abendpost ) ^ June 22, 1924. 

of the administrative board have been visitin{^ the Home at legist once a week. 
A much larger fire insurance policy was taken out on the buildings; and this 
precautionary measure v;as necessary. In the event of a fairly large or even 
a rather small fire, a new building v;ould be exceedingly expensive, ov/ing go 
the increased cost of material and workers* wages. 

'*The Grove of Louise (Luisenhain) proved to be a source of income which we 
appreciate highly; the sum obtained amounted to ;^1,945 — more than was ever 
realized in one summer. The other officers v/ill submit accurate reports con- 
cerning the financial conditions. 

♦♦A most deplorable loss was suffered by the executive board and the entire 
association of the Home for the Aged when the vice-president, Mr. P. J. Weber, 
passed av;ay. It is largely to his sense of beauty that v;e ov;e all the many im* 
provements v/hich were made on the buildings in such a prompt and excellent 

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The monthly meeting of the Ladies' Society was held yesterday afternoon at 
the Lincoln Club, with President L^lara Rehtmeyer in the chair. A large 
number of members v/as in attendance. A resolution was passed in memory of 
a deceased member, L'^rs. Ilarie Kessler. The president stated that the law 
firrri of Goldzier, .lowers, and l^Yoelich donated one thousand dollars to the 
Home, and that the late I'.:r. Jacob Gross, who was a member of the Men's Society 
and president of the executive board of the Home for several years, bequeathed 
one thousand dollars to the institution..... 

After having disposed of the necessary business, the members enjoyed a musi- 
cal recital. Mr. Arthur Kraft, who is well knovm as a tenor, rendered some 
well-accepted numbers. He has a very melodious, strong, and faultlessly 
trained voice and certainly deserved the applause which his audience accorded 
him. He is apparently on the threshold of a very promising career. After 
a concert tour of the East he will return to Chicago. LIrs. T. H. Northuft 


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furnished excellent piano accompaniment for L'r. Kraft 







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Erection and Maintenance of German Old People *s HGme 

^^If-tone, two column-eighth of a page, view of Mrs. Clara Rehtmeyer; half- 
tone ^ one column-sixteenth of a page, vievr of LIrs. Frieda G. Schmidt; half- 
tone, one column- sixteenth of a page, view of Mrs. C. S. Bast Ian; half-tone, 
one column-sixteenth of a page, view of Mrs. John Hetzel; half-tone, one 
column- sixteenth of a page, view of Mrs* Max Teich; half-tone, three columns- ^ 
sixteenth of a page, view of German Old People •s Home^ 


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••In faith in God and in good men, in the hope of happy success, and in the ^ 
name of all-powerful love**— these are the words vriiich were used by Mrs. Clara ^^ 
Rehtmeyer, president of the Ladies* Society and a member of the Board of ?^ 
Directors of the German Old People* s Home for fifteen yeeo^s when, on July 5, c^ 
1913, she officiated at the laying of the cornerstone of the addition to the 
institution* These few words describe the noble spirit in which this gem of 
Chicago's German population was built, guarded, fostered, and continually 
developed. And \idiat an enormous amount of labor, time, trouble, and care is 
involved in this task, >ftiich constantly requires new activity and new endeavorsl 
The work has been done uninterruptedly for necorly forty years. To estimate 


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and appreciate Its full scope is almost beyond tlie human power of comprehen- 
sion. And, as the Reverend Rudolph John stated at the occasion mentioned above, 
the best capital ever to be presented to the Old People* s Home was the dili- 
gence, the loyalty, and the intelligence of the ladies, who co-operated with 
the men in complete harmony. The German woman's sphere of activity is revealed 
at its best in the Old People's Home. Here the inmates receive loving care and 
comfort, and in this capacity women are superior to men. Anyone who has the 
privilege of observing the steady and intelligent work of the Ladies' Society 
of the Old People's Eome will think of Reverend John's words. '^- 


Every housewife knows that she must be very economical in order to satisfy 
the needs of even a small family, to provide sufficient food, etc., so that g 
the household may remain intact. And now consider the household of the Old ^ 
People's Home, which consists of 257 members exclusive of the operating forcel 
Still, not one Inmate has ever suffered from want of sufficient food, and even 
during the greatest scarcity of food the meals were nourishing. It is true, 
at times the inmates were on short rations, yet I know from experienced peo- 
ple who are acquainted with the pertinent conditions, that there are only a 
few institutions in which the inmates ^re cared for and nourished as well 


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as the inmates of the Old People *s Home are cared for and noiirished. I 

hare Yisited a similar institution. It is much more richly endowed than 

the German Old People* s Home is. Its buildings are luxuriously furnished. 

Yet I heard complaints about insufficient and xmpalatable food. ^ley gave 

me something to drink. I did not know that it mras coffee until they told ^ 

me. C 

In a way the German Old People's Hcxne is 'a mirror of the Geiman community in o 

Chicago and Cook County; it proves that the German element has increased in 
numerical and in financial strength, and that it delights in works of charity. 
Although the principle irtiich is based on experience—that the greatest in- 
comes for charitable purposes are derived from amusements at festive occa- 
sions—was established many years ago, and has been followed ever since, this 
fact will not harm our cause. If people want to combine pleasure with charity, 
well and good. TOiat is entirely in order, despite everything irtiich ••moralists'* 
say against it— they do not give anything anyway. And thus we — I mean the 


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thousands of friends of our institution — hope that when the tnampet calls 

to festivities at the Old People's Home early next summer, and again later, ^ 

Biany more will come with full pockets. ••• '^ 

As a rule statistics have little practical value for the public; they are p 
not easily remembered and are of interest only to those who make a special 
study of them. But we cannot avoid them when we review the development of 
the Old People's Home. When the old building, which has the appearance of 
being very comfortable, was opened in 1888, and fifty-six inmates were 
granted admission, the maintenance costs were modest. The exact figures S 
are not available, but in 1892 there were seventy persons in the institu- 
tion, and the disbursments amounted to $11,066, or |2#50 per week for each 
person. In 1906 the weekly smount for each inmate dropped to $1.81. The 
capital of the home had increased from $44,750, in 1888, to $183,850 in 
1906. In 1915, when the new building was completed, the number of inmates 
rose from 124 to 224 and the cost of upkeep from $22,163 to $44,707, or 
from a weekly average of $2.35 per person to $3.60. This year the cost 



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of naintenance will amount to about |65,000, or $4.00 to |5.00 every week 
for each inmate. Let each reader learn his lesson, and when the call to 
special activity for the benefit of the Old People's Home is broadcast, 
let each one respond. Then these dry statistics will have served a good 
purpose # 

The Old People's Home as is perhaps not generally known, provides for a part 
of its needs l^ faming, for which quite a parcel of the institution's twen- 
ty acres have been set aside. Last year there was a good harvest of com, 
turnips, rutabagas, carrots, spinach, and beans, and hundreds of jars of 
jam and jelly were made from the cherries, pears, plums, and gooseberries 
irtiich were harvested from oxxr trees and bushes. The cows supplied suffi- 
cient milk until the price of fodder became prohibitive and made it neces- 
sary to dispose of some of the animals and buy two cans of milk daily. A 
new building was erected to house the chickens, and they supply a suffi- 
cient quantity of eggs. A large number of pigs aire raised, and there is 
no lack of pork or sausage. The inmates of the Old People's Home do some 


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of the necessary farm work and also some work in the greenhouse for flowers. 
Stilly the cost for fbod amoxinted to 111,583 in that year (sic); 18^447 was 

paid for labor, $1,420 for coal, $371 for medicines (the institution has a _ 

well-stocked home pharmacy), $1,425 for dry goods, $435 for laundry, $385 :^ 

for furnishings, $1,138 for flarm and garden cultivation, $476 for live stock, ^^ 

$488 for funerals, $789 for repairs, etc* ^translator's note: The author does rj 

not state vAiat year is meant, nor does the sum of the figures enumerated in -o 

this sentence coincide with any of the totals which were mentioned in a o 
previous paragraph^jT^ 

And now, dear woman reader, you have a household* Compare the figures above 
with your expenditures for coal, ice, laundry, clothing, dry goods, food, etc 
for your small family* And then think of our Old People* s Home and its 250 
members* You will agree that the management of the Old People* s Home is in 
the hands of very thrifty people* And the comfort and praise of our dear 
old people are proof that all is vjell in our large family*** .All these costs 
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of the Old People* 8 Home consists partly of Interest derived from the Insti- 
tution's capital of $170,000. The capital again consists principally of 
endowments, among which there Is one of $20,000 which was made by the family 
of the late Konrad Selpp* The entrance fees of new Inmates ($300 each) also 
Increase the Income. Howeyer the Income thus derived Is not large enough to 
take care of all disbursements. Consequently the Ladles* Society arranges 
various festivities, and when it can report to the Board of Directors that 
a Uay festival or a Christmas sale has yielded a net profit of $10,000, there 
is great Joy. Of coiirse, the regular contributions of the members of the 
Ladies* Society ($3»00 per year) and the many, many presents which are made 
to the Old People's Home, especially at Christmas time, are a big help. For <-^ 
a time some local breweries contributed beverages, Ixit lately they have done 
little to satisfy the thirst of the old people. 

The fact that the Old People's Home has survived the first generation of the 

German element is a monument in honor of those who organized and supported 

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in the Home. Under the able leadership of President Clara Rehtmeyer a 
sewing society has been organized and is yery actively engaged in promoting 
the welftire of our old people. She also originated the plan to provide free 
beds for old ladies nAo cannot pay the entry fee, and who woxild otherwise 
have to speid their days in lonely poverty, after having toiled all their 
lives. Now they can be admitted to the Home and enjoy its comforts and 
protection tree of dnrge. And the old ladies of the Old People •s Home 
have rendered excellent service. Think of their work selling in the booths 
of the Old People's Home Society ii*Len the members arranged a May festival 
for the benefit of the German wounded soldiers and the German orphans. 

The waiting list of the Old People's Home contains seventy names and, as 
old Mrs. Brinkmann says, ^Nobody wants to die to make room for another**. 
Nor do we want anyone to die. We hope that fate lengthens out their declin- 
ing years and makes them happy and free of care. 

Before the erection of the new building some applicants waited as long as 


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three jears for admittance. Others despaired of ever gaining admission 
and CGDimitted suicide, and some died before there was room for them in the 
Home. In reference to those who are now patiently looking forward to the 
time when they can be received, tos. Rehtmer made this significant state- 
ment: "V/e have much unfinished work to do in the future. Let us face it 
hopefully. ... It is apparent that individuals are cognizant of the duty which 
they owe the community. •* 

When they act according to their knov/ledge, it will not be necessary for any- u 

one to wait three years to be admitted to the Old People's Home. P 

Time and space will not permit us to name all loyal co-workers within and 
without the institution. Mr. and Mrs. »^'altershausen, urtio manage the Home, 
have won well-merited recognition from the authorities of the State. Doctor 
Masslows and other physicians have devoted much time to the physical needs 
of our old people. Severail clergymen have provided public services (worship) 
and have cared for the spiritual needs of some inmates in private. But some 
persons have been especially active in behalf of the Hcane. Among them are: 


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JJrs* Katerine Seipp, widow of Konrad Selpp, and the following charter mem- 
bers who are still active monbers of the Ladies^ Society: Mrs* Minna Tews, 

Mrs. Sophie Heisler, and Mrs. Gustaya Rockner, who was secretary of the ^ 

Ladies' Society and of the Board of Directors. The presidents of the Society ^ 

were Maria Werkmeister and Marie Kabell. Mrs. V/. A. Wieboldt, Mrs. John ^ 

Hezely and Ifrs. Max Teich are also prominent members. In conclusion, permit p 

me to present a list of past aiMi present officers and members of the Ladies' ^ 

Society, the Board of Directors, and the Sewing Circle. g 


Past officers of Ladies' Society (1885): president, Mrs. Marie Werkmeister; 
Tice-president, Mrs. Louise de Wedig; treasurer, Mrs. Caroline Hebel; secre- D^ 
tary, Mrs. Gustava Rockner. 

Board of Directors of the Ladies' Society (1885): Mrs. John Buehler, Hedwig 
Voss, Louise LaclaieT, Louise Glade. 

Board of Directors of the Old People's Home (1885): president, A. C. Hesing; 


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Tice-president, Louis Wampold; financial secretary, Iheodor Oehne; treasurer, 
John Buehler. /Sranslator* s note: The names of fourteen directors followj/ 

Present officers of the Ladies* Society: president, Mrs* Clara Rehtmeyer; 
vice-president, Constanze Eberlein; secretary, Mrs* Gustava Rockner; 
treasurer, Mrs. Frieda Schmidt. Present Board of Directors of the Ladies^ 
Society: Mrs* Sophie Heissler, Miss M. Kissling, Mrs. Heinrich Heine /^ans- 
later* s note: The names of twenty-five other directors followj^/ 

Officers of the Sewing Circle: chairman, Mrs. J. P. Hand; vice-chairman, 
Mrs. Anna Juergens; secretary, Mrs. Katharina Knnze; treasurer, Miss N. Abel, 
y^ranslator* s note: The names of fourteen other officers follow^/ 

Present Board of Directors: president, Mr. Louis Sale; vice-president, 

Mr# George Kuehl; treasurer, Mrs. Gustava Rockner; secretary, Mr . Bmil Seemann. 

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Abendpost , Jan* 28, 1919 • 

Legacy of L!rs# Paetzmann Awarded to Survivors 

St. Stephen* s Evangelical Lutheran Church had given I.xs. Liiargarete Paetznann 
a promissory note for §2,000 on April 4, 1904. ,. .translator's note: The 
article states that this transaction v;as made during the lifetime of Lirs, 
Paetzmann. Since it is obvious that she could not have delivered the money, 
nor accepted the note, after her death, the statement v/as omitted_j7 On Llay 
15, 1913, the seventy-six-year-old Llrs. Paetzmann applied to the Ladies' 
Society of the German Home For The Aged for adraission to the institution, and 
she agreed to bequeath all her property to the Home. Thus the institution 
came into possession of the promissory note. But according to the agreement 
the Home had obligated itself to admit Ilrs. Paetzmann "for one year, or, upon 
the successful completion of the year, for life," and she had the privilege 
of leaving the Home voluntarily during the first year according to the 
regulations of the Society, while the Society had the privilege of dismissing 

IJrs. Paetzmann from the Home. Should she remain in the Home for more than a/- ; \ 

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year, the agreement was to be binding for the remainder of her lifetime. 

Mrs. Paetzraann entered the institution on Ivfeiy 7, 1914, and died there on 
April 24, 1915, before the probationary year had elapsed. Through payments 
by the ohurch the value of the promissory note had been reduced to $1,610. 
Now the question arose whether the Home or the administrator of Mrs. 
Paetzmann's estate was legally entitled to possession of the note. The 
church took the matter to court for decision. The Superior Court decided 
that the administrator of Mrs. Paetzmann^s estate was entitled to possession 
of the promissory note, because her period of probation had not yet elapsed, 
and the Appellate Court upheld this decision because, according to its 
bylaws the Ladies' Society of the German Home For The Aged agrees to return 
to any inmate who leaves the Home within the probationary period any funds 
entrusted to its care by the inmate, after deduction of a specified amount 
for board and other expenses. The fact that the Society had possession of 
the promissory note was no proof that the Society was entitled to ownership 
of the note. The Appellate Court based this decision on precedent. The 

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Court also stated that, since the Home was a benevolent institution, every 
doubtful written agreement should be interpreted against it and in favor 
of the inmate s».. ..translator's note: Subsequent paragraphs of this article 
relate other court procedure and are irrelevantjJT" 


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GZHIL^ii: IICIi: FOR ^IH-: .;"^'^^D 
i:ont>ily Session Of The ''xecutive Ccirmttee; ^^.eport Cf 

The ^administrative Council 

The laonthly n etin.^ cf the "Executive Coimittee, v;ith president Louis 
Sala functioninr' as Ciiairnian, was held yesterday afternoon at the 
I^Caiserhof, The session had be :n post-nonec for a v/eel^ , and therefore 
the officials held their conference on the 17th of this aonth, During 
the proceedin.ois, ennhasis v;as f?:iven to the fact that several fires, 
v/aich had started en the premises, v;ore unpreventable re,^,ardless of all 
possible precautions. The dai:ia,^ed section ;, -the main livinr^ r'uarters 
V7ere not burnt, -v;ill l^e reconstructed in a fire-i^roof manner. 

Mrs. G ara Rehtmeyer, secretary of the Adiaini strati ve Council and president 
of the ./omen*s Club, sub:aitted the folic wing report for the laonth of January: 

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The monthly ine-tin'^ of the Adirdni strati ve Council v/as held at the 
Altenhein (none for the .iged), on Feb, 12. The accounts were thorcuf^hly 
invest! -rated; orders for supplies and bills shov no errors; and ;ve there- 
fore recommend that the Executive CoiTL^ittee accept the re"oort and nake 
provisions for payx^ient* 

The total expenditure for January, accorcinr to the report of the . 
adrdnistrator, v;as J3,180,78. The Con::dttee on Hoorris reT)orted nine deaths. 
During the early part of January, vie had an epidemic of f^rippe and about 
eighty inmates v/ere af flictt^d. It was therefore necessary to employ 
three additional nurses temporarily. The staff Physician visited the 
patients daily and we feel profoundly indebted to him, as his unselfish 
spirit and genuine sense of duty have been the decidin-- factor in reducing 
the number of the dead. 

One of Lhe inrfiutes, ilr. Mick :!asj, donated .^150 tr the -lone. The 
-rtdministrative Committee expresses it.j most cordial thanks for t'li 

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Fire bro.e out in the Hosnital Building durinj^ the ni,^ht of January 30 
due to a def^'^ctive chironey. The Forest Park and Oak Park fire dep^-.rtnent 
appeared promptly'' and extin^^uished it quickly. Several eriployees as well 
as the administrator and nurses quickly came to the rescue of the sick 
and disabled and therefore, fortunately, no lives v;ere lost. 

The Council recomiaends that the :]xecutive Oomiiittee exr>rsss its gratitude 
to the inany friends of the institution for t lOir generous monthly 

Th^ reTDort v:as accepted. 

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■uartorly loeting of the Ladies^ Club- 
Foundinf^ rostival, "arch 7 

The members of the Ladies' 31ub of the Jor;:ian 'lone f::r the .'i.p;ed, attended 
in large nurribers, yesterday afternoon. ?ts, "llara r.ehtne^'-er , the president, 
called the laeetin-^: tc order. The association feels deeT)ly boreriVed because 
of the death of the folio, in.:: members: Mrs. Iledv/irr V/eber, 'jrs. Dorothea 
Moe, and Ilrs . Platharine JoTj-ns, and pas.ied resolutions accorc.inr'.ly. a large 
festival, in coinine .oration of the fouiidinf^ of the institute, is contemplated 
by the Ladies* Club« It is to be Piiven at the ?reriaania Club House, on 
March 7, and extensive preparations ;;ill be iiiade. Th: president informed 
the assembly th-t ,;2,091.o5 has been bequoathed to the Ladies* Club by 
I-lrs. Luise Madelman, also ,19:':. 7.5, a le^-^acy of Mr. Hermann IClano^vski, and 
.;:150, through the last vrill of ITicolas Mass. 

-. hi;:hl:; ploasinr^ pro oram v;as ao;ain provided by .'.rs. 0. ?rankenhuis, 

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.'xi.ionf^. th:} various offerings 

chair^iian of the '^ntertainnent Conriittee. 

the chaiman herself excelled in h:.r v;ell-conceived and expertly 

prepared lecture on G-er:aany and Anerica. 

Llrs. I.Ieyenschein Deubert •'•ave vocal seloctions, \:ith the piano 
acconpaniiiient by Miss .ilpers, and Lj?s..^, 3chirii^r recited several 
dsli5-htful poens, on the tiiTiely topics of thi.-; era. Excellent 
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y.onthly Leet-ing of the Ladies' Club; A Nice Present 

The monthly neetinr- of the Loclies' Club of the Gerzian Altonhein 
(Hone for the An-ed) v'ar held veeterday afternoon at the haiserhof 
Tlotel.« hlai'^. '^wBhtmeyer, the president, reported that Lrs. 
Lefens, 7:ido ; of the late Thies Lefens, g?.ve 10,000 to the Mone 
a Memorial to her departed husband, .vfter the co^^ipletion of current 
business, Its. jrankenhuis (probably Frankenhaus, Transl.) announced 
the progran. The sister ^Isa and .'.largarete Leiuuach san^ several 
excellent selections; the piano acconpanir.ent via: pla^^'ad by :..iss 
:.:artha I-Iarnisch. They also regaled the audience ,;ith solo numbers* 

IJcs. Klara Aaas spoke of the recently orf-^anized German Langua{;;e Club, 
explaining its aims and purposes in a very lucid manner* 

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German Old People's Home, 

The Woman's Club of the G-'f^rni^rn Old Peor)le' s Home held their monthly m.^^eting yes- 
terday in the pavillion o:^ the Lincoln Park, The prr^sident o:^ the Cluh, Mrs. Clara 
Rehtmeyer, acted as chrdrman. It was decided to ^ive a theater-TDerf ormrnce for the 
"benefit of the Old Peor)le' s Home anr* their Christmas celehration. 

It was elso -planned to arrange a festival at the Orchestra Hall on March ifith 
for the henefit of the Old Peor)le»s Home, 

It was reported that a t)late in memory of Konrad $eivx> was attached to the new 
hvSpital-wing of the Old Peor)le's Home, 



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German Home for the Aged. 

The executives of the German home d-cided yesterday, that Mr. Fritz Baumann and 
his wife, Caroline, of lOUU W. 20th Street, should he accet)ted at the home. The 
managerial dex^artnent reported that it has "been re-organized and that the expenses 
amounted to $152^.17. The Christma.s and Ne^r Yci^r festival were exceptionally 

Death renorts: The inmates Alhertine Sell, Marie Conrad and Amandus Berls. 
Owing to the cold weather, the KosMtal-addition cannot "be comr)leted hefore March. 

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A circular letter to all German Societies was sent out by Messrs. P. G. 
Dewes, G. F. Fischer, and H. T. Carr, with the request to send reiDresentatives 
to a special urgent meeting at the Gemania Clubhouse the coining Thursday, 
March 26, I9OS, S P.M. 

The purpose of this meeting is, to find a solution for the desperate financial 
situation of the occupants in the Bethesda Home. These occupants are old 
German people, who gave their' lifesavings to be taken care of by the Hoime 
for the last few years of their life. 

The "Kinderbuehnen Verein'^C Juvenile Theatrical Association) will give a 
performance on April 15th for the benefit of the Bethesda Home. 

The Whitney Opera House ha.s offered its stage, free of charge, for this 



Illinois Staats^Zeitun^s; , Jan. 12, 1901. 

G'^IRlvI.llJ HOIffi 70R THE .iGED 
Transactions During trie Recent Session of ihis Benevolent 


The January session of the board of directors of the German Home for the 
Aged v;as held at the Schiller Hall on Thursday evenint^, v;ith Jacob Heissler, 
president, functioning as chairman. 

Lj:*. Eberhardt, chairiaan of the Acceptance Committee, submitted the application 
of la's. Johanna Burkheim, 4811 Langley /i.venue. She is 87 years old and lived 
in Cook County during the last twelve years. Mi-. Gustav Rupprecht accepted 
on trial for a year, and i^ir. Charles Robertus vail renain permanently. 

According to the report, the Adininistrative GoraiTiittee is organized as follov;s: 
Julius Rosenthal, chairman; l^s. ^Jaria VJerkmeister, secretary. Kitchen committee: 
ikirs. L. Lackner, iCrs. S. Heissler, and x^s. lu. Loiehlhaus. /othev coiTimittees are 
listed, such as laundry, rooms, garden, finance. Translj^ 


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Bills amounting to 4'994:.94 were ordered to be paid; receipts aiaounted to 

Health conditions at the Hone are somewhat threatening at present, and 
several cases of influenza have been registered. :«rs. Llarie Haible, v;ho 
had been ailing for many years, died on December 24, and Keinrich Hannah 
departed to the Great Beyond, on January 6. Two nev; imaates have been 
accepted, Kicolaus Richter and Heinrich /i.ula. 

The Administrative Committee noted that the discontinuance of local trains 
proved to be a distinct disadvantage to the institution; the distance becomes 
more inconvenient nov. than formerly, and a telephone is, therefore, of vital 
necessity. In viev; of these findings, the members resolved to recommend its 
installation, and they suggested that I.j?. Heissler communicate with the Telephone 
Company. The water supply Question also came under consideration, and it was shown 
that the present cylinder JjevoBXlmJ is entirely too small, that a larger cylinder 
and gasoline engine will save considerable money nov. paid for water tax. The^, 

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executives asked Lj:. Heissler to investigate the probleia. 

Thanks v.ere expressed to the following donors: Heissler and Junge, for 
bread; i^leischiiiann for, yeast; the Tosetti I:irev;inc Co., Schoenhofen 
Erevdng Co., Henn and Gabler, .-^heuser Busch, L^anhattan, VJacker and Birk, 
Blatz, Pabst, and Independent Brev/ing Co., for beer. 

-crjinoun cements of future activities: Euclire party, with valuable prizes, next 
Saturday, January ;^6, 2 P.L:. , at ^chilxer Hall. The ladies hope that members 
and friends will appear in large numbers. 

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Illinois Staats-Zeituug , Jan. 9, 1901* 

gerivl;n hoIvp: for the aged 

Yesterday's Executive Session of the Ladies Club of the German Home for the 
Aged offered the following resolution of thanks: 

"V/e hereby express our most cordial thsinks to all donors and friends of the 
German Home who helped to provide a happy Christmas for the inmates, especially 
LIr. and Kxs. Schmidt, 601 'Veils Street, and their sons, v;ho produced a theatrical 
play, a special work xvritten by Lirs. Schmidt for this occasion* It brought joy 
to the old people* Furthermore, we enumerate the friendly gifts v/hich donors 
gave to the inmates during Christmas. 

Cash donations: C. Fuerst, $25; LIrs. K. Seipp, ^20; The Fair, $50; and several 
smaller amount s« /K list follows of firms which contributed other than cashjJ7 

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At the annurl meeting of tue officers of the Gennpn Old PeoT)le»s Home its 
Presic^ent, !'r. Koelling, ^'^^ve his annual r'^iDort. He roirmlains in the report th: t 
the CrPrmans of th*<^ city manifest very little interpret in this institution and 
stressed the necessity of "better finr.ncirl s'l-oi^ort. 

The interest "bearinf^ endowment amounts to $20,000.- At this time, and th§ 
interest is not sufficient to tnke care of one hunr^red inmates. Contrihutions 
during the year amounted to 51766.- exclusive of the cost o-^ collecting. 

A numher o" men were elected to the Board of Directors. 

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Abendr^ost, NovemlDer ISth, l^SG* 



WPA (llt.^ FRiJJa£/a 

Under the name, "Odd Fellows Altenheim Society", there was, several months 
ago, "by m'^'bersof the Chicago lodges of Odrl Fellow Society, and the, 
"Daughters of Re"becca." an org^mization, founded, the purr)ose of which is, 
to erect en "altenheim" in the State of Illinois, in which incapaciated 
old r)eot)le,- men and women "belonging to the lodge, -could s-nend their last 
da.vs in ouiet and -oeace^ The president of the new organization is Mrs. 
Nieraeyer, its secretary Mrs. Katherine Hoefer. It is tne ohject of tne 
society, somewhere, in the center of the State, to buy a fruit-farm of 
2UO-32O acres, and to erect on it small "buildings, containin. ^ Or^ rooms 
each. With the collections for an altenheim- fund, a very satisf actor^r 
"beginning was made at the -nirnic, held last summer in M^mence, Illinois, 
"by the Odd Fellows Lodges. The net T)rofit ajnounted to $1000.00. It is 
also ex-oected that the Grand Lodge of the order, on the occasion of its 
General meeting in Sr^ringfield this week, will donate a considerable 
amount for this humanitariajn "ourpose. 

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Mi88 Marths M. Rebendorf haa sent a circular letter to prominent Chicago 
German citizens, in order to arouse more Interest *or the projected Home 
for German teachers, ^here was a meeting last night at the Kimball Hall, 
during which the following executive committee was formedl- Dr. G. A. 
Zimmermann, Superin"^ endent of German instruction in Public Schools; Albert 
*E. Ruff, director of the Chicago College; K. Buenz, German Imperial Consul; 
Samuel Kayser, director of the "Chicago Conservatory. 

This committee will have monthly meetings at the Kimball Hall and soon will 
publish a finance program to carry out the building of the projected home. 

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IZZJPCST, Aur-ust 21st, l')93. 

The II^'W Lutli^Tc n Cld PeGr)le* s KOine in Arling-ton H^i^^.hts. 

Tiie consecration and o-oenin^' of the "Luth^-rpn Old Peo:>le's Home" in Arlin^-ton 
Heights, to^k pl^.ce amid the Darticioption of rbout ^^000 T^eoDle. Pastor A. Eeintre 
held tne consecration sermon. 

I^he financi^-l succes?. of the c^lelDration v;r-.s very ol easing. 


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Illinois :ta-:;ts J>eitung| July :8, ISJvi; 

p. S.« The nenbers o ' the .o:.en*s Club vi^Uted the above nenticned insti- 
tution yesterday. The larje throng enjoyed itself thorcu^j-hly. The ideal 
weather increased the exuberance which soc-n rianirectea itself. The dense 
roliage ana the refresiii^.g shade I'rcr. the Tark's stately trees provided a 
scenic splendor, suitable for a painting. The inmates rausr. inceeu be happy 
to live in this nagniricent enviroaneat durir^c their aeclinint3 years* 

It is a locality upon ^.iiich a prodi(7il nature bostcv/ed its blesiUngs and 
where tlie ac^d are at the sar:t tine the er.viable recipients of huiian love 
and benevolence. About one-half o." the ezcursiunists v/erc children and 
after all, the outing v;as primarily arraa;ea for their benefit. Their 
youthful enthusiasri an^: ani::iation v/as indeed ccntaricus -md.. .affected the 
older ones in due ti:.e. 

The foot-rices, laerry-f^o-rounds, the sv^in^rs and the dancinc 'it the pavilion., 
above all the usual prizes v;hich were given to the youthful winrers helped 

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Illinois Jtauts Zeitu::^^, July 

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to increase the f-^^stive spirit, .v list of the little ones who earned recog- 
nition I'or theix" Terpsic :Orean acconpliohr.iOr.ts follows: Tillie Ileissler, 
ijd, ...a^rerstadt . . • (eleven altogether). .e nust also include in our report, 
that Andreas Thalofer, a v/atchjr.aker 01* I\'o. 105 Van buren otreet, preseated 
a beautiful clock which v/ill be put in the entrance hail of the hospital 
annex» I.r. Oscar 3chraoll*s nuoical cor:;po3ition *Vibendruhe" (r^e.-^t at the 
iiiVening Hour) which he deuicated to .^..C. Ilesing... hac been published* 
Fice Hundred copies are available and he presented the entire edition to the 
hone. I'he administration intends to ha . e one of the local Gcrnan riusic 
stores nana^'^e t'ne salts ca::.paign« 

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II lino ia Staats-Zeltung, Nov, 24, 1892. 


The Women's Club of the German Old i^eople's Home held its annual meeting 
and election of officials yesterday in Uhlich Hall. The president of the 
cluby Mrs* L. V/erkmeister, presided. The menibers of the club were well 

After reading the minutes of the last meeting, the officials of the olttb 
gave their annual report. The executive committee suid the president of 
the Old People's Home, Lr. n. C* Hesing, also read their reports before 
the club. 

According to the report of the financial secretary of the ciub, the income 
during the year, including a cash balance of $52.27f amounted to $3>915»87f 
and the expenses to $1,103*90, which leaves a balance of $2,8ll.97« The . 
income includes the sum of $654»71> which was taken in at the fair of 
last year. 

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Illinois Staats - Z9it\mK April 21, I892, 


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Delegates of Luthoran conf,re^ations held ti meeting the day before yesterday 
to discutis the matter of building a Lutheran Old People's Home* A committee 
was present consisting of H« C. Zuttermeister, H» Biermann, C» Joernt H. Heppe 
and J» Lange. They submitted offers of real estate properties located at 
Lombard, Thornton, Desplaines, and Addison. For practical purposes, howevert 
it was omx^hasized that the institution should be erected within the city. The 
pastors, A. Reinke, and V/. Bartling, as mrell as H» C. Zuttermeister were re- 
quested to prept^re accurate plans in regurd to the institution, its constitution 
ana by-laws, v/ays and means of obtaining the necessary funds and after these 
plans huve been submitted, to proceed in incorporating the Lutheran Old People's 
Home Society. 

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Die Abendpost t Dec. 1, 1890. 

The Dance, which was airanged by the V/omen^s Society of the Altenheim for last 
Saturday night, turned out to be a most successful, brilliant celebration. 
The concert, which was before the dance, had real artists on the program, and 
was enjoyed enormously by the visitors. 

Particularly, Mrs. Brontano, Mrs. Emilie Rapp, Miss Amanda Rose, Messrs. Leon 
Strauss, August Hyllested and Bemhard Mollenhauer were applauded by a grate- 
ful audience. 

The Orchestra under its leader, Mr. Weege was at its best. The dance kept the 
young folks together until late in the night. 

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The "or.eii'-: society of the ^'' ..Iteiuheir. (01.. ^eu-jle's :.o::.e) had its 
annuel neetin.:-, yesterday ai^ternoori at the Uhlich*;::' h-ll, •.;hich v;os pre- 
sided over by :::»3* Gustavo. iwOCkeaer. The x-residerit repcrte. thet the 
iociety has 4DL rienbers an^i 30 far durm.- this yevr h^is had 19 neotin^s. 
.,C(jorai..(- tc th'j rcllov-iii^: report o" ...iss henrietta .;clten, the incone 
o' the society h^:S been v4436.?G <;,^^iln >t a total of ;:891.91 for expenses. 

This 3tate:]ic::t v/a.. confir.-.ed by hiss . ji la happ, the xreasurer. There are 
66 oersoa') at ireseiit in the ^1\ i^^ople^s h.or.e. 

The election of nev; uff-cers h'v; the follovdi:^ results:- 
hrs . harie ..errG.ieister-- — i-rejicent 

Lrs. Gu^tava hoc::ener Vice x'resideat 

Lrs. iledv/it:: Voss Secretary iiTialie habroth— treasurer 

laa ^hjschiic, Jophie HeiSLO-er, 3abetta juchel, r;e:;:ber^ of the Cc::!- 

niittee of r^uvisers. 

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Die Abendpost, Con. 10, 1890, 


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iu.l: :\.h t^^h: ; ;^ 

The Alten-iein AuthcriT-ies /.eld their i.xntiily r-ieotin-; yesterdoy (Alteiihein 
Ilxekutivebehcrde) at I-ielioffs liU^.eting hall; Choir: .en A» C» Tesin^ presid- 
ir-^. >..r» Ilchler ,;;ave sto.tistics rxcncernin^ ir.coiiie orid expenses* ::e f;.lsc 
proclaiiied tliat the iiriprcvenent of drivev;ays :j3.s been ocnterplsted* Pin- 
ally a vote cf tr.ruiks \,'a.s accci'ced tc all v/ho ,;;;ave fiiiancial £id tc tiiis 
Q-eru&M institr<tion» 

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Die Aberidpcst, Jon. 8, 1890» 

(Alteniieim - Fest) 

IJcrthside Turn hall features the li^nch spoken t f Festival, and I rs» 
Scherenberg prepared vii excellent pre ;rai;.. It is tc le expected t..s.t the 
Chicaf^o rjeriij^ns L.anifest tneir Interest end prci.iCte the v/eli' cf the 
heme, by their numerous attendance, and incidentally re'v.'nrd tlie cci;j.iittee 
cf tne laaies J'cr ti-eir efforts. Concert co.. jam cement is scheduled tc be 
prompt ct 8, follcv/ed by a festive a^^iice (Ball). 

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A LiAG^'IFIC:;]:"? Fj:ynY.iL. 

The charit'i-bly inclined rierinans of Chica;;o celebrated a festivril. yesterday, v/hich 
v/ill be remembered as the outstiuidin^^j; festival of tiie season, /rie-ids ojI ohe 
.\ltenhei '1 ^//ere triuinphant over the ^reat success v/hich siJr^as^.ed even the 
dreams of an optimist. But trie Jn^^lish speaking people also took a :::rtat in- 
terest in this celebration, and it vvas not at -ill surpriij^:i^ .o see ^nany of 
thnt nationality on tlio picnic 2i"0^-^<^3 of the Luisen [:rove. A signal given, 
late in the Piternooii, siuniiionod the ^^uesus to the speaker's platform where Henry 
Greene b'3um v/as re- dy to ^ive the festival audress, in which he h\^;hly praised 
the instiJ-.utiont benefactor, k. C. L'esing, 

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Illinois Staats Zeituiig , July 13, 1887. 


The friendship bet^/aan Carter H. Harrison and the Germans did not end with his 
retirement from public office, and no other nationality amongst the Chicagoajis 
regretted the end of Mr» Carter's career as the German element did. But, tliat 
Mr» Harrison^s friendship for the Germans outlived his public career was shown 
by his generous gift to the ♦•itLtenheim", made from the legacy of his young 
wife, who so unfortunately was taken by death in the prime of her life* The 
sum donated was $3,000« The management of the ••Altenheim" and the Germans of 
Chicago greatly appreciate Mr. Harrison's gift. The check and the following 
letter were received by Mr. A. C. Hesing: ''To the President and Directors of 
the "German Old People's Home**. '-Ihen the "Altenheim** was dedicated, my late 
beloved and I, through the kindness of the management, were enabled to assist 
in the pleasing ceremonies. She was touched by the courtesies then shocrn her, 
and deeply impressed by the scope of the noble cliarity; so much so, that she 
declared to me, she would some day make to the "Altenheim" a handsome donation. 
Summoned too early to her eternal home, she has been deprived of this pleasure 

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Illinoia Staata Zeitung , July 13, 1887, u'r 

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and privilege^ I wish to do now in her name, what she would have liked so 
much to have done herself* My wife died possessed of some fimds, the gift of 
her father Marcus C. Stearns, Esquire* These funds I have determined to give 
in charity, in which determination I have the hearty concurrence of my wife*s 
father* In furtherance of this object I herewith inclose to you my check for 
$3,000 , ..'ith which I wish to endow a fund in peirpetuity to "be known in your 
institution ajid on its records as 'T^he IMrgarette Stearns-Harrison Fund''* The 
principal to be invested in good securities and annual interest only to be used* 
While Margarette lived she made my home happy and bright. If her fund shall 
make the '•Altenheim" a happy and bright home for some of its unfortunate occu- 
pants, the loss I have suffered by her death will be deprived of a small part 
of its sting* Wishing you great success in the management of your noble in- 
stitution I am very respectl*ully Your obedient servant. Carter H* Harrison. 



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C/ica'*o*H er-'an .oOT?ul'_it.ion i3 -iven dn o ■•■.ortunitv both to enlo-.^ it.self 
and 'e charitable, for to:noi'ro\*: v;ill -[lark tlio o ^eniti-; of tl:o jortival ^rove, 
connected .'.'ith the C 

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jne, :-e.?'..ans oi otrer citios .;ero uniavor- 

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ubly irK^-renoed oj tho fact that a ra-'ndly • • city like Chica o, vith 
a lar--e -er-ian ■-•o ul.tion, ' a'^ h .rhly 
^:iericans can hold th^ir fGstival3. Tl 
".rove -..ill l)e!iefit the Cl:l '.-eo^^e's I'o:;i3 

r^nt collectod from Lho U39 of the 




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Illin ois Staats Zeitung, Jantiary 14, 1886. 


Mr. A. C. Hesing, President of the Old People's Home, yesterday handed 
Mr. Weege, the General Director of the Wisconsin Central Railroad, a 
petition of the Directors to open a depot near the Old People^s Homo. 
Mr. Hesing left with the promise that a depot within one hundred feet 
of Madison Street will be erected and that it shall carry the name 
"Altenheim". He also received the promise that the territory East of 
Altenheim Boulevard will not be built on, but that it will be laid out 
and planted, so that in the summer small picnics may be held there* 

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Illinois Staats-Zeitung . September 21, 18S5 

The German Old People's Home 

The dedication of this Home was cnuse for rejoicing by the G-erman poo-alation. 
After r^ speech "by Mayor H,'=^rrison, Dr. Hirsch stepx*)ed on the platform and 
delivered in German an excellent address: "This is an honor day for the 
Germans of Chicago. 

The German's home is like an anchor. Storms and hi^h waters may rage hut 
it holds fast to its anchor. Thus, this House becomes a home for the 
veterans in the battle with life. Like loving relatives we shall receive 
them here, to conclude the sunset of their lives in peace. 

The heart of the Germanr-Americ^m is capable of still greater benevolence. 
Neither Church nor sect i^lay any soecial part. Therefore, it is limitless... 
This Home is a monument to Germaji womanhood. They have erected a haven to 
receive what if? left, when life has ceased to maim and to crush. 

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Illinois Sta.-^ts ZeituJV?,M ay "9, 1885. . Xt]^ 

iHE OLD ?j:ople«s HOirH: (r^s altj:nh"^im) 

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The Herren-Directoriun (Men' Tirectcrate) of the ^lerman Old People's home 
held n meeting yesterc^ay in John 3uehler's office. Those nresent were Messrs. 
Hesin^, Euehler, '-osenthal, Voss.Eocke, Heissler, Kettich, Junker, Crayer, 
V,Bxmo\(i pnd Br.uer. 

Architect Sruer submitte'^ his construction plan for the ne?/ Altenheim, which 
v/ould cnst $'^35,000, with an additional $5,0''^'0, for heet, ventilation and li^ht 
installations. A resolution was pdooted to hpve the construction carried out 
according to the submitted r^nd ac epted plan. 

Concerning the r^urchase of ?; tract of Ir.nd for the lay-out of a boulevard to 
tne new Altenheim, the owner ..Ir, Quick ^ill be requested to make out an 
"abstract of title", tfter Messrs P.osenthal end Bocke shall have examined the 
orooerty title. The ourcnase v;ill then be concluded. 

According to the construction iolan, the new building, covering a space of 
100 X 40 .^,quare feet, will h;ve three stories ina a bcsement. The northern 
main front will be made of nressed brick with a terra cotta filling towardsthe 
roof, bearing the inscription: Deutsches Hand im Heuen Land, Schirmes Gott mit 

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Illinois Start s Zeir.un^,M ay 29, 1335. 

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stc-rker Hand, ivhich translated, mer-ns: G-erman Hcui?:e in this new 1bci(^ - May Ood 
protect it with his strcn,£^ hand. 

Otherwise the construction mV^ be sim le crnd firf:proof* The basenent will 
contain the aor^rtments of the manager and nis assistants, also a dinin,^ room 
b2 X V?^ ft., two kitchens r^nd a toilet, furthernore, a store roora. 

The first floor will have eleven bedrooms, one r>? rlcr, one waiting room, one 
office, one bathror-n envi one toilet. Some of the bedrooms will be a little 
larger to make room for 2 beds besides the customary adoiwicnal furniture. 
All interior constiuction will b'; ma- e of hard nine wood, polished with oil. 


Illinois Staats-Zeittinfi: , March 5th, lgS5 

An Accomplished Agreement VV / '^-^ * .^^-^ ^ 

Yesterday was a day, which shoiild be marked with red letters in the history of 
the German Altenheim (Old Peoiole's Home). The Altenheim Verein (Old People's 
Home Society), which on account of rai sunders tvanding had "been founded as a 
separate organisation indet)endently from the alreariy existing Ladies' Club of 
the German Aid Society, held an extraordinary meeting yeterday afternoon vat 
Uhlich's Hall, presided over by Mrs. Spengler. A great many women, who 
belonged as members to the presently dissolving Ladies' Club, cajne to this 
meeting. After* a hearty address of welcome by Mrs. Spengler, a constitution 
was read regarding the "nurpose and objects of the new orgajiization, which 
will have now the name "Prauen Verein Ses Deutsch en Altenheims" (Women's 
Society of the German Old PeoT>le's Home). 

After the constitution was accepted by acclam- tion, the president, Mrs. 

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Illinois Sta^^.ts-Zeitunr. t March 5th, 1885 ^^^-;. . . . ^ Mt:i/^ 

Spengler made the amiouncement, that the restoration of pe.^ce and the 
foundation of the new Women* s Society would he celebrated on the ISth of 
Rarch at Ulilich's Hall. 

Until then the meeting was adjourned. 


Chlcagoer Arbeiter Zeituiiig: , July 10th, ISS^. 


Under the a'bove name on June the Sth this Society has "been founded with the 
purpose of indeDend^nt action in the erection, maintenance and sut)T)ort of a 
"German Old People's Home*" This institution will he OT)en to any a^ed person 
unfit for work of hoth sexes, to he cared for to the end of their days. 

The existence of this Society finds assurance in the general acceptance of 
thpir plan and in the fact that it enjoys already a large memhership, •• 

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Chicar;oer Arbeit er Zeitun-;;, :.o.rch 22, lo84« 

/pJiS ALTEiniiiH.! (CLE PXPLES :iCI.S)J7' 

After the liquidaticn cf the proceeds i'rc:.i tiie *'Lc.dies Society D« G»'V 
en l..arch 11th it y;&.s shcv.ii Dae tctal receipts cT the fcundaticn ball 
oxicunted to (lloO.OO frcm v/riich ei'ter deductin;; ex^.t^nzes, a n'^t profit of 
.{■'76C»C0 re^.ained. The Cci-n.iittee resolved to express publiclv their aonrc- 
elation to nil tnose Gentlemen and Ladies, v/ho nelped bo i:.ej<.e a success cf 
the affair. 


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Illinois Staat '^-Zeitu!':. _^', 'T'r-nrii-r: II, 1C73 

A LETTER. T?Jl\T!ri:!!T 0? THE G7H!'^li:S II' THE 

r^ '--■-)» 'ATT 

oo'r Count'.* 'ooor- 

I \n.9A\ "0 inforr. the Crpr'\'in reo^.le rljout "Ojiditioiis in the C^ 
house, pre. hor the C-emans are treated in co-T^^rrison with the Anericrjas aiid. 
Irish. Throu.:ii nisfortime I ra?^ forced to conie here c^i\ci r/as v;illin{^ as ruch 
as rv ?v;ollen feet r)er:-:itted, to work. Still, I v:a.B to shovel snov/ 
"barefoot in the ^;ost "bitter cold, : ecruse r.Y shoes v/ere too small. I he>?,--:ed 
the Su-'^erinte-xdent for a "oair of stoclcin-^s hut I could not -^^et Bny. There are 
many old fmd :/oun,f^; healthy ^eo'^le in the poorhou'ie, who have not been 3^et 
eirht days in the county hefore "bein,^* received here - V erican Irish and 
En;;^-lish - v/ho are furiiished "f^rants, slioes and stockin-r^s, and yet are not 
allowed to Avork, v.hiile there are here also from sixty to seventy-2^^&^-old 
Gernruis, who, unable to suerlc En/^lish, receive nothing. 


uie room c»nd the work bosses rre all Irish rnd the Genaans have to v/ork under 
their direction. Any ser.sible Geriwai here coula -Ive r^.ore inforn/.tion if he 
were ashed. There are not Oiily 'f.atient Sv;^bi.ans but also aatient Gerr.cViS, and 

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they are oor^rer^ed not only by the terr;oerpj:ice l^.v; out by the A^-ericnjiS, 

(An r-nsv/er fron the officials of the poorhouse v;ill ot^ y)uolished in our 
c oluniis • Edi 1 r , ) 





D. Benevolent and Protective 


6, Settlement Houses and 
Community Centers 

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Abendpost , Oct. 23, 1929 

New Building For Public Meetings, Opening Celebration October 26 

A new building has made its appearance on North Ilalsted Street. Its owner 
intends to provide a modem hall building suitable for diverse festivities 
for the Germans of the near Northside. In memory of the immortal composer, 
Schubert, it shall be known as the "Schubert House«*» On Saturday, October 
26, at eight o'clock, the formal opening will be proclaimed amid suitable 
festivities. Location: 1923-1925 Halsted Street. 

Otto Schoeppel isthe founder. He has been successful in providing an 

exceptionally diversified program for the coming celebration. Doctor 

J. V/. Kobalter, president of the Alliance of German-Austro-Hungarian clubs 

of North America, will be master of ceremonies. At the very opening, the 

motto shall prevail that it is dedicated as a happy home, where songs and _..-. 

music of our homeland are honored, and youth in particular can find a / ^ 

beautiful hall for pleasure. : ^; i*s ^\ 

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Abendpcst, Oct. 23, 1929. 

Various speakers will be there: The General Austrian Consul, M. Girten; 
Alderman Arthur F. Albert; Leopold Saltiel, the attorney, . • • • and 
finally the founder of the building, Otto Schoeppel. 

Colorful diversity is assured, choral singing, solo parts, and humorists 
V7ho are prone to promote a jovial entertainment. The entire assembly 
will be requested to join in a medley of songs. Merriment is the keynote, 
and everybody is cordially invited to the house warming party. 

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Die AbendDOst, August 6, 1S9^* W?^ 'lI = - '^ 


The plan for the building of the new house for the German Group of the Y. M.C. A* 
is heing made by Architect Louis Guenzcl. The "building will have its place on 
the Northside and will contain: - 

On the first floor- Reception room, office, assembly-room, swimming pool and 

garde- robe 8, 

On the Second floor- Concert-Hall with stage, meeting hall and gymnasium. 

On the Third floor- Library, deskrooms and guest-rooms. 

On the Fourth floor- Hotel rooms 
On the Fifth floor- Hotel rooms 

The secretary of the German Group, Mr. 6. Horrlod\«r, isalways willing to give 
any information in regards to the financing of the new building. 

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The Illinois Sta-its _Zeituru^, liar. 12, lo90. 


The German Young L:en's Christian Association arranged a lecture for its Club, 
yesterday, at the northv/est corner of Clark and ..ells Streets* Ilo.ny friends of 
the Association, beside:^ its sixty-seven inembers v/ere present • Several nhoral 
selections were sung under the leadership of Chas« .Zeiss, organist of 3to 
Paul's Church. At the conclusion of the musical activities, C. Gilbei-t V/hebler, 
Professor of Analytical Chemistry, and an iiistructor of lon^ standing at 
Chicago University, v/as introduced to the assembly. His subject v/a.3 a highly 
interesting and explicit dissertation, wtiereby he showed that the creation of 
the earth had been based on chemical principles, and that the many strange 
phenomena of nature are caused by a change of the particles which constitute 
rns.tter. These molecular wonders he demonstrated, in a fascinr: .ing manner, by 
enabling us to see more than twenty experiiTBiits. A quartette gave several 
vocal selections, thereby contributing to the general enjoyment. Since this 
Association, v/hich was Jomded only recently, (last summer) gives its en'^er- 
taininents in the German language and manner. Prof, ,/heeler acc^uiesced by giving 
his intellectual lecture in the Germjan language, v/hich must have been both 
gratifying and surprising to his German audience. Prof, './heeler has spoken 



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German since his youth, and has l-iad occasion to study it thoroughly during 
his official appointment as iroerican Consul at Murnberg, Germany. 

"ifr^'t'-J ■.Ji'n;*^.'. ■■*»>*.■'*'' 

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The Chicago Tribune ^ May 4, 1877 • 


The German Young Men's Christian Association met last night in Room No. 13 
Farwell Hall building, Mr. M. J. Gut in the chair and W. Niestadt, Secretary. 
The principal business of the evening was the hearing of reports of committees 
appointed at a previous meeting. One committee, to whom had been referred 
the matter of a concert to add to the financial strength of the Association, 
reported in favor of giving the concert in the third Tuesday in June in Lower 
Farwell Hall. The report was adopted, and the price of admission fixed at 
twenty-five cents. Another committee reported in favor of the publishing of a 
paper to be called the Bunde spo saune , to be issued semi-monthly and devoted 
to thf interest of Christianity in general and the German Y.M. C. A. in 
particular. Mr. F. W. Martine is to be placed in the position of editor-in- 
chief, ancl the first issue will be out in all probability, in the early part of 
June. A great deal of discussion preceded and followed the adoption of the 
reports of the committees. 




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The shareholders of the (rerme>n House met yesterday under the chairmanship of 
President Schmutz. The secretary, Mr. Henry Marwedel, read his annual report* 
He spoke first of the great hopes that the construction of the German House 
had aroused fifteen years ago and that, unfortunately, due to the general lack 
of interest were not realized* The number of shareholders quickly melted away. 
However, enough remained to keep the German House out of the grip of the 
sheriff. The original grant of $25,000 was made only very hesitatingly ?>nd 
soon proved insufficient. (The actual cost proved to be $36,202). The share- 
holders voted no additional money, leaving the task of seeing it through to 
Mr. W. Schrautz and H. Lamperter who had r)ledged their own property. Due to 
that fact the building was completed. It is now an adornment of the North 
Side even though not all its shops are rented very profitably to the share- 
holders. There is no theater. The rents brought more, already, during 
the first winter than the theater would have returned, and there is no ^bh^qt 
of temporary loss of rent and no necessity of paying three or four percent 
more for fire insurance for a theater. 

The fact that the German House was able to make 
at least Droves that it has credit to t'nat amount 

debts to the amount of $30,000 
t. Besides, the outlook is 

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THiTiQig Staet3> Zeitung^ May 2, 1871* 

excellent* Already the Sharpshooters' Association and the aermania Male Choir, 
very pleasant and respectable tenants, had asked for contracts for several^ 
years for their locals* That, however, will he up to the next administrative 
council to decide* 

After the report was accepted the election of the new council was undertaken. 
The following gentlemen were elected: Schmutz, La.mperter, Bosse, Heide, 
Wunderle, Kafer, Huck, Schaub, Brachvogel, T^aldhauser, Kruger, Marv/edel, and 

The rooms in the German House, with the exception of one 31 x 110 ft. shop, 
are all rented. Since then, $4,232 have come in. 

D. Benevolent 

and Protective Institutions 
7. Organization for Legal 



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Chicagoer Arbeiter Zeitunp;, Hov* 4, 1888 


I'uch good has been done by the Chicago Hechtschutz-Verein (Legal Aid Society) 
during its short tine of existence. 

During the month of October the society received 107 la\7 suits, accordin^^ 

to Ilr. Joseph V/. Lrrant, the attorney for the society, v:ho has been nominated 

for state* s attorne^j by the vjorldLn.^ class* 

In most cases I't. Lrrant has succeeded throuf^h his forceful arguments in 
obtaining justice for his destitute clients.... !!r. Errant has collected, 
altogether, HlG.12 for 26 persons for withheld wages. Tiventy cases viere 
dealth with in court. Fifteen times the state sided with the defense and 
five times with the defendant. The state v;on in 13 cases; five cases are 
pending and two vathdrawn until further notice. 

Poor people, unacquainted v.lth the law, are daily coming to the office of 
the Verein to receive advice, given gratis by :'r. Errant or his assistant, 
L!r. Christ I.^yer. 

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Chica<^oer Arbeiter Zeitung , TTov. 4, 1888# 

It is. evident that the Rechtschutz-Verein has become a necessity^ In order 
to enable the Verein to continue its benevolent work all right-thinking 
people should take steps either to become members of the Verein or to con- 
tribute other;7ise tot/ards the upkeep of the bureaus. 

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Chicagoer Arbeiter Zeitune: , Oct. 1, 18B8. 



Te. e 1 in • s of sol i: •. 

'irivV are not urbi^ exti-iC^ •rnoiir/ the ^/or^ers in ^^-!p^^^< 



./orki'V- cl*"i£S that 

Tb" ■' this feelinr if: still alive •y'l-; prove •. oy ohe lar^e attonda:^ce at a 
festivity .vhich '.■•'='- rir^r*- -r-^. j v.^^ -i---,^ .-.v-v.^-,-.^ t 

s arr- ngea 

^ ^e . orr:ers' Le^^.l Aii oociebv in U].lich. •s 



yeroeraay, ::he nroiits zo be use^i lor the defense of those 
^oher:i n -/orhers -^o wa.-e s-^ottea bv Bonfield, the bloody h vr^arhet slayer. 

as his latest sacrifices. 

By securinr a lonr terM arisen sentence for the::: "^o/ifiela couin terrorize 
the --orhin^ class and strengthen the ^ovier of ere sl-^ve drivers. 

Yesterday* s festival -.7as a success not only fin-ncially but, far inore 

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II A 2 Illinois 3taat8-Zeitiing , July 23, 1881. 


The Chicago ^Virthsverein (Saloonkeepers* Association) sent postal cards to ^ 

its members calling them to a special session yesterday at Ouincy Number Z 

Nine. The purpose of the meeting was to elect delegates to the district p 

convention to be held at noon today in tlie North Side Turner Hall, and the ^ 

purpose of that convention is to select ^he district's/ representatives in ^ 

the state or<=ranization. The following members were elected delegates: P. f 

Mueller. .. ./thirteen names all together/. ^ 

The Association also decided to send 3150 to the starving people in Nev/ Ulm, 
and the treasurer acted immediately; he sent the money by express to lUr. 
Pfaender in New Ulm. /Translator's note: This Oeman town in Minnesota 
was destroyed by a eye lone ."7 



D. Benevolent 

and Protective Institutions 
8. Employment Agencies 


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Chicagoer Artel ter Zeltung, Saturday, August Uth, ISS^. 


In yesterday's monthly meeting the agent Mr. Charles Endres re-oorted, that 
in the previous month 2U5 employers, among them about 200 farmprs, called at 
the office In search for workers, 237 nien and 3I women and girls received 
employment. Five poor sick n^rsons were given admittance to hospitals, 8 
persons wpre provided with free transiDortatlon, 9 ^ ^^ ^^^ time heing with 
room and "board, and 36 were supplied with fuel, food and cash* 

The total expenses of last month were $U66.l6» Of the 9II8 immigrants 
which arrived during the month, the majority continued to th^ir destination 
in the West and Northwest. 

Relief Agent Klingenberg collected dues in th^ same m^nth amotinting to $560. 00. 


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I D 2 c Illinois Staats-Zeitung , July 1, 1881. 

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The followine circular was sent to the Illinois Staats-Zeitung , with a 
request that it be published: 

The undersigned hereby announces, on behalf of the Bakers' Union of Chicago, 
that an employment office has been opened today, at 119 Fifth Avenue, second 
floor, Room No. Z. 


The object is to combat the bad influence of loafing in saloons. It cannot 3 
be denied that taverns have a deleterious effect upon unemployed bakery 
workers; card games are constantly indulged in and the saloonkeeper, in 
accordance with his inteorests, gladly chalks up the bill — facts which are 
not designed to further the moral or financial welfare of the men who 
frequent such places* 

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I D 2 c Illinois Staats-Zeitung . July 1, 1881. 

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On tlie other hand, it is not convenient for employers to go to 
several saloons and treat the boys, while in quest of suitable help. 

In consideration of the aforesaid, the emplo^/raent division has been founded. i::i 



The official employiaent bureau ( 119 rifth ^-ivenue ) only charges tv/enty-five 
cents as a registration fee if a job is secured. Employers need only send 
a letter, statin^^: v/hether a foreman or helper is v;a:ited, ^md the day xvhen 
the vjorker shall report. The fee for this service is txventy-five cents, 
in postage stai.ips, to be enclosed in the letter of inquiry. 

I believe that this service fills a longfelt v;ant and v/ill be appreciated 
by employers as v:ell as employee s» 

submitted at the reouest of the ^;aker*s "Lnion of Chicago. 

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Illinois Stuats-Zeitung, July 1, 1881. 

Adam Kurth, 
119 i^lfth .ivenue, Second i'loor, Hoora i:o. 3. 





D. Benevolent 

and Protective Institutions 
9. Extra-Legal Or^nizations 

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Chicagoer Arba iter Ze itung , Jan. 15, 1889. ..n^ ^^ . 30^^75 



A short time ago the local Legal Aid Society was founded with the help of 
the Arbeit er Z eitung . The purpose of this society is to protect poor people, 
not versed in legal procedures of this country, against exploiting employers 
and swindler s« 

Two lawyers, Joseph V/. Errant and Christ. Ueyer, all day long give legal 
advice and help to people who are forced to resort to the law. During the 
short time of its existence, the society has liandled an average of 110 cases 
per month, of 'sriiich a great majority have been won by the society. 

The lawyers are paid for their efforts by the Legal .Ud Society The funds 
are contributed by people who do not want to see their fellow men taken 
advantage of by ruthless scoundrels. The good accomplished by this society 
is appreciated by everybody. 

But the society cannot continue its useful activity for the downtrodden if it does 
not receive the fullest moral and financial support. Law-suits, as a matter 

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of fact^are being accepted free of charge if the coraplairrt is just and the 
client above reproach. It is evident that ever^'- client must acknowledge 
gratefully the favor received according to his means and first of all must 
not voice any suspicions against the officials of the society, thereby making 
them lose interest. 

D. Benevolent and 

Protective Institutions 

10. Foreign and Domestic Relief] 


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Abendpost, Dec. 21, 1934. 


In an effort to be able, to some extent, to stem the want among needy 
families during the approaching winter months, the German Society of Chicago 
will have to get a few thousand dollars together, because its own cash is 
not sufficient. To be sure, kind-hearted donors, enumerated below, bestow 
larger gifts for which the heartiest thanks are expressed in the name of the 
needy persons. Owing, however, to the disquieting aiid continually increasing 
unempl03n7ient situation, and to the cold v/eather xvhich set in early, the claims 
upon the Society become so numerous that a large part of its means has al- 
ready been used up. 

The kind donors who enabled the Society to continue its humane work v/ere: 
the Swabian Society, .^200; Germanic Rundfunk, as net proceeds from the 
'♦Fledermans^ performance, ^235. 37; German Day Association, from the net 
proceeds of the German Day celebration, first :p300 and later ,i>600. Of 

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Abend post , Dec. 21, 1934. 

the latter sum, half should be given, according to stipulation, exclusively 
to G^man-Aus trian and to German-Hun/:^ ri an families. 

During the months of October and November, the German Society gave aid to ^ 

fifty-ei^t families v/ith 171 children, procured admission for seven persons ^ 

in private hospitals, for ten in the county hospital, for tv/o in the in- :r 

stitution at Oak Forest — all free of charge. It further provided free medical .1^ 

treatment for six, including drugs, etc. To hundreds it gave advice in their ^ 
dire need, or pointed out to them the right places v/here thej^ could obtain 

help. - 


Nearly six thousand unemployed went in and out of the of:-ice of the Society 
seeking work. Thus the usually average number was exceeded by 2200 per month. 
The Society could give employment to only 150 persons, but the wages offered 
were low and the figure for steady jobs was lower by 505 (sic). 

Abendpost , Dec. 21, 1934. 

The planned great celebration on the occasion of the eightieth anniversary 4 

of the German Society v/ill take place at the be^inninc of next year, perhaps ^ 

in January or February. It v/ill nainly serve the purpose of bringing in the ^ 

-funds necessar:;' to keep up the activities of the Clerman Society. The day and '- 

locality will be announced later • ^ "" 


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f'^^r t:'.e r^*^'. ^•:^c 't:-."^ ^^f e^'t"T^>air'^;or t vv'iic'. t-^^"*-: "^^Inc^ ^- t''- e -rent hell. 
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V'l't ?^^'^ceF;':' '"^nr: R?^'=>nre'^., 

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volunteered to tn'-e ;^-nrt 1". f-'P'. •■- vz-^rtMy c^iur.e. /.^ upual, t^'.elr* f-e] ecti on.-^? 
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three son-'s aunr bv a ::"':':ed ah'^rur-. 


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tl'ie T^.Tole aenischto Cher ("T'r^roTenr. "Ir^ei C^.ori^^ unior "^onv aodetz, the 
Chica.'-o Zit'ier C\"'i'^' ur. der- t'.e direetlca of .Tope^-i '.'^Id-ier"', t'le Tahnbert ^^^r,oe 
Crchestra uPxder the direction of "d^-'il ?riedric'', c'tnd no three c'nld'dre'^, ^"edv:l 
and 11.1"! i an '"Joao'^ia?; nv.q Jor-e^h. Lnff ni tze-^-^^or , xrj-^ ■•'•?-ive a "t''"rinn dance for 
v^hich Irn?"^tz laf fr^i tzer"^- er a'ayefl tliO acoo^i^'ani'^.ent. '.^-^en it co^e;- tr^ d^in:^ 
so'^^ethin^ for c'larit^' t'l? r:chirr^lattlor-7ereiri ^-"'^:r>:-obirr (^lo?*^ dance '^-^oiet;^'* 



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and th.nt 'nan''^ otrier:" rinr'^e d'^n'itio^T' ^f v.'^r*-'^u^ '-rrt", t'm nx"^enses v-ere 

relntlvei'^ f,r:nll -^.rd a co^.^o' dernblo ^^'icunt f^f -noney v;nr^ secured for the 

relief, of rcor nnd need"" ccnntr"'"^en t'n:.-^ '.'.;ir.ter 

^/Tmncjlator' ^^ n^te: tlio c-.rticle conclude'^ v;i th the nairen o' c^::'r:ittee ir.enber^ 
in charge of the enter tainT'.ont,/ 


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Abend post > Nov, 5, 1934. 


An evening for the benefit of local winter relief for Germans arranged last 
Saturday in the De Paul Auditorium by the organized Gemuin Societies of 
Greater Chicago was in every way successful. 

The number of people in the audience v^as quite satisfactory, and ^ood music 
was provided by Hennecke*s orchestra; entertainment of every description, 
as well as first class food, contributed to the pleasure of the evening. 



A special attraction v/as the great winter procession in which about a 

hundred persons participated, and for which Liris. Mathesius prepared the ^ 

pratty costumes. Furthermore, there were dances by Dorothy Mathesius, ^o 

Ruth Hergert, and Erna Schweizer and ^Schuhplattler*' performances ^ap 

dances/ by the ay Holzhacker Buam (woodchopper boys) . 

Among those present were the German consul general, Dr. Jaeger, district 


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III B 2 

Ab9ndTX)St , Nov* 5, 1934. 

leader Fritz Gissibl from the bund of the Friends of Hew Germany, vice- 
president V/illiam Joem from the German-American citizens bund, and other notable 
persons. Addresses were given by the chairman of the organization Georg Joesten, 
and by Herr Arthur Koegel about the Dawa (German American 7/inter I^elief). At 
the head of the fest committee was President Georg Joesten, Fest President 
Fred Lindner, and Treasurer Theo Jung. 

Last Sunday a large number of guests gathered at the well-known family restau- 
rant of Von Thenen, ;Vestem Avenue and Roscoe Street. Thay came to listen to 
the music of the artists • quartet and orchestra of the Friends of New Germany, 
and to enjoy their coffee and cake and other refreshments. 

The hours went by much too quickly, ov/ing to the lively conversation and light 
music, and at parting one could often hear "Auf v;iedersehen next Sunday! ♦* 

Those concerts, as reported else»^;here, take place every Sunday afternoon, be- 
ginning at 3 P.M. Admission is freo. All Germans are cordially invited. 



Soimtagpost (Sunday Edition of Abendpost ) , Jan. 21, 1934. 


The horrible war was ended. Erich, a Rhenish man, an electrician by 
occupation, had served his fatherland, had fought for years in the trenches, 
and had been wounded twice. Broken in body and spirit, he still had the 
courage to marry, after a year. He and his wife Eugenie could help his 
parents on their small farm, as well as could be done under the trials and 
strains resulting from the collapse of Germany. Immediately after the birth 
of their first child, Ursula, in 1920, the family council decided that the 
youn£s couple should seek a better life in America, as soon as they could 
save the necessary means. 

Despite great privations, they finally amassed sufficient funds, and with 
Ursula and Hildegard, whD was born in May, 1922, they landed in Chicago in 
1925. Fortunately, Erich found work with the Western Electric Company, 
through the German Society of Chicago. Apparently things were going well, 
Erich thanked the Society for assisting him in finding permanent employment 


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Sonntagpost (Sunday Edition of Abendpo at ) , Jan. 21, 1934. 

and then nothing was heard from him until the Ladies* Aid Society of Saint 
Paulas Evangelical Church, Pullerton Avenue and Orchard Street, notified 
the Society that a family living at 3008 North Oakley Avenue was in great 

Investigation by the German Society revealed that it was Erich's family, 
idiich had been increased by the birth of another daughter, who was bom in 
May, 1926. Erich, who had worked uninterruptedly, had incurred a disease of 
the limgs during the last part of 1926, could work only part of the time, and 
he was permitted to do so because he was very efficient in his trade. However, 
in January, weakness forced him to stop working. His savings, and the money 
which his wife, Eugenie, received for doing "odd Jobs" while Erich took care 
of the children, enabled Eugenie, who also was in poor health to provide for 
the family. When she could earn no more money, the situation became acute. 
By accident, the Ladies' Aid Society heard of the plight of the family, which 
was too proud to ask for help, although it was close to death by starvation. 


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Sonntaspost (Sunday Sdition of Abendpo st ) ^ Jan. 21, 1934* 

Since Septeraber, 1927, the German Society contri'mteu $15.00 each month 
tov/ard the support of the family, had Srich examined at the Chicago 
Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium, and, when he v/as declared to be tubercular, 
providod home treatnent for him. V/hen the parents of the couple offered ^ 
to care for the family, but could not pay for its passage to Germany, or j 
even a part of the cost of transportation, the Society tried to persuade 
the Government to deport the faioily. The attempt failed, because Erich and ^' 
his family had been declared healthy when they arrived in this count rj', and 7: 
deportation would be possible only if the American Embassy in Berlin would 
furnish a v/ritten declaration by the German Bureau of Emigration stating 
triat the husband of the family/ had shovm traces of lung trouble ivhen he ; 
emigrated. Fortunately, that could be done. A few months prior to his T 
emigration, Erich liad been treated at the Berlin Charite for the effects of 
a gas attack, but had failed to mention this fact in his application to 

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Sonntagpost (Sunday Edition of Abendpost ), Jan# 21, 1934« 

By the middle of October^ matters had progressed to sucli an extent that the 
United States authorities could inform Erich that he could leave this 
count rj?' early in November, however, the Government declared that transportation 
charees would have to be paid for the children who were born in America — and 
there were tv/o of them, one having been bom in September, 1929 while :■ 
negotiations were goine on* What could be done? These tvjo children, American 7 
citizens, would either have to be separated from their parents and placed in 7 
some local institution, or their fare would have to be paid. Mr. A. Co Schmidt 
persuaded the Hamburg-American Line to grant a very low rate of fare, and the - 
Genaan Society of Chicago paid one half of the amount, while the other half 
was furnished by the Immigrants* Protective Association. 

This is but one of many difficult cases in which the German Society has 
succeeded in assisting a family in need. Now, needy families have no access 
to such help, because the Society can care only for the severest cases, since 
its funds are nearly depleted. For this reason, the Society continually asks 
charitably minded people for financial support. The Abendpost > 225 West 


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Sonntagpost (Sunday Edition of Abendpost ) , Jan. 21, 1934# 

Washington Street, and the Society, 160 North Wells Street, will gratefully 
receive contributions. Old clothing, too, will be gladly called for. Please 
write us, or phone Randolph 4037. 

The employment office of the Society received fewer applications for v;ork 
during November and December, since inany of the uneirrployed applied at the i 
Civil Works Administration. Several of them received en^ployment, but they 
must wait for their pay. The number of those who were put to work by this 
national agency was quite large when compared with the number of applicants. 
One hundred fourteen persons were furnished with employment by our Society. 
Sighty-f ive families, in which there were 153 children, received support, 
seven persons were admitted to private hospitals, eight to the county hospital, 
two to Oak Forest, one to the "Little Sisters of the Poor,** and nine were 
given free medical attention, medicine, etc., through the offices of the 
German Society, which spent ^780 for these benevolent puiT)oses. 

We thank all donors who responded to our written plea for laoney at Christmas • 


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Sonntagpost (Siinday Edition of Abendpost ) , Jan. 21, 1934 • 

Unfortunately, only ♦470.90 nias received, and $61.00 of that amount ms 
contributed at the office of the Abendpost . 




AbendDOSt, Jan. lU, 1934. 



The Russo-Gerriian Alliance of North America has been organized to aid needy <^ 

Germans of Russia* It asks all German societies to participate in this 5 

worthy cause. Ten million Germans are faced with death by starvation. We 2 

must save those who still can be saved. Organize for this noble work. '^ 

Every gift, no matter how small it is, will be gratefully accepted by the 
Russo-Gerraan Alliance of North America, located at 1922 Irving Park Boulevard, 
Chicago, Illinois. A record of donations will be published. Collection 
lists will be mailed upon request. 

True German greetings, 

Eduard Dorazil, President, 

Reverend J. Schoenberger, Vice-President 

Alex Dubs, Treasurer. 


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V A 1 Sonntagpost (Sunday Edition of Abendpost ), Aug. 13, 1933* 



The Zentral-Bund der Russland-Deutschen von Nordamerika (Central Association 

of the Russo-Germans of North America) is calling a meeting for August 15, 

at 8 P.M. in the Zion Church, 5000 West Lawrence Avenue, between Lavergne ^ 

and Gunnison Streets. The purpose of this meeting is the organization of ^ 

a relief committee for the starving German element in the hell that is Soviet f 

Russia. Everyone of German descent is extended a hearty welcome to attend <Z 

this meeting. ^ 


The distress of the Russo-Germans in the Soviet hell is appalling. It is co 
therefore the duty of every true Gennan to support this demonstration of !ij 
German charity by being present. V/ell -known German leaders will speak, ^ 

i^ile Russo-Germans will give a detailed description of the deplorable con- 
ditions prevailing among their fellow Germans in Russia, a motion picture 
of the German fatherland will be shown in an effort to re-awaken and strengthen 
the love for the old country among the Russo-German element. 

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V A 1 Sonntagpost (Sunday Edition of Abendpost ), Aug. 13, 1933* 


There is no admission fee. The Zentral-Bund der Russland-Deutschen 

expects a strong attendance by the Chicago German element. 




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Abendpost > Dec* 30, 1932 • 


The German Society of Chicago and the Relief Committee of the United German 
Austro-Hungarian organizationseffected the distribution among needy Germans 
of money recilized at the benefit performances in the Lorelei Theater. 


The German Society endowed with its share, 48 families numbering 21b persons, ^ 
whereas the relief committee of the United organizations gave Christmas gifts r; 
to 66 families with 232 persons* In either group there were very needy in- ^ 
dividuals* A list of the persons endowed was given to the admmist^ration of o 
the Abendpost for purposes of inspection and scrutiny. Their names, of course, 
remain a secret of the administration, and will under no circumstances be 



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Abendpost , Dec. 13, 1932* 

Benefit Performances in the New Lorelei 
Theater on Friday, December 23 

Christmas is not just a festival of joy — it should, especially in our times, 
also be a festival of brotherly love. Bitter want has invaded hundreds of 
families. It is obvious that hardship is doubly felt at the time of the 
holidays. Is it not the duty of all those who have not been immediately 
affected by the misery of the times to contribute their share, to the best 
of their ability, so that want among our German brothers may be mitigated for 
the holidays? 

Reflecting upon these thoughts the management of the new Lorelei Theater 
on Belmont and Sheffield Avenues is planning a benefit performance for 
Friday, December 23. In this, it is aided by the publishers of the Abendpost 
and Sonnta^post ^ and the entire proceeds will go to German countrymen 







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I-l0'7 the contin^us iistreoo^d coadition vxA unenploy ont vrei.^h riore and 
nore heavily upon the Gerrrxin iriniorants, vj-\^ , tiirou":h no fault of theirs, 
are in v/ant, is s'-^^-'-m in the last report of the G-enaan Society of 
Ghica -o* During September an avera.^e of one hundred une.iployed C'-lled 
daily at the society^s offices. 

f this 

This runber ste-j:.lily increased in October, vet fiftv-six o' 

:iu:.iber could be ^r vided vrith jobs. V/ith the setting in of cold v/eather, 

the re^iuests fron suffering fa: lilies are incre^^sin^ because the poor are 

lacking, besides Means to support thensolveo, also vz-^irin clothin^^. The 

supply of the society :;as so :.iuch in deriand, that it soon V^ecarae totally 


The readers of this -orpsr are therefore ar)Dealed to, to hand over everv- 

Abendpost ^ Ocb. 1"', 1^51. 

thin-:: that t^.ey are able to spare, eGpecially overcoats, v;onen^s coai.s, 
pant :, shoes, uiidei*-;; ar and chi' 'ren^s itens, to the society vnich v;ill 
call lOr all articles if .lotified 'y v.-ritinc; to the rollov;in,T address: 
ISO ::orth VJells St.; or by telep .-ne: Randolph 10Z7 . 

In September th^^^ Society a -cisted forty-nine fa:uliGS vath 121 children 
and tv/elve sin 3 persons; secured adr.:is3V::n to fovir in n-'ivate hospitals; 
to six in th'- County Hospital, and to one in Oah Torest, free ":^ all 
charge; and f c :• ^s^v^-n it procured free riedical caro -nd nedicine. 

For these inrposes the Society spent ;610.'"^5. 

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Abendpost , I'ar. B, 1931 


At the 76th yearly meeting of the German Jociety of Chicago, the follow- 
ing persons were re-elected its directors: I.'ichael F. Girten, Robert G, 
Schenneman, Rudolf Kroch, and V/illiam Saltiel. From the reports of ¥j^^ 
Girten and I'v. F. von J, Vyson the president and manager respectively, 
the following account of the Society's activity in the year ended 
October 31, 1930, is given for publication: 

The President's Report 

The year 1930 will surely be called "the year of depression.'' It has 
been characterized in history by a large number of unemployed. Stagnation 
of business and comraunications has been so acute all over the country 
that even a lar.:e number of banks have been forced to close their doors. 
The Government tried its best to help by spending large amounts but up 



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Abendpost > Liar. 8, 1931 • 

to now no iraprovenent is noticeable. 

Under these conditions the demands for aid arisinr fron widespread 
poverty have increased enormously. 

Inasmuch as the present yearly report covers only the period from 
llovember 1, 1929, to October 31, 1930, as shown by the auditors I 
wish to state that the months of i:ovember 1930 and January 1931, 
were the hardest in the history of the German Society. During these 
tv/o months more t>han '^4,200 v/as spent in helping the poor. However, 
there are also good news to report. A collection by Abendpost netted 
01151.50. Also through a drive by a group of women under the leader- 
ship of Dr. Otto L. Schmidt, Lliss Amelia Birk and : rs. i:eta Llewes 
Burgweger, ve received $1,316. Cur Christmas drive brought ol,356.50. 
In short a total of v6,059.jO was received, which includes the follow ^ -^ 
ing: United Ken's Chorus, their concert in the I.edinah Temple, )3,600; /"", ^j^ 

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Abendpost , 8, 19ol 

German-Ariericaii Liberty League, ol,000; .Vieboldt^s Foundation, 
■;?950; Geman Day, $300; Suabian Society, 5250; German Club of 
Chicago, vl60*25; and Christmas Drive, ')1377. 



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o::hi:x.i: sccizt' ct ofic gc is 75 yi:.:^3 cld 

This year the oociet;/ of Chicago celebrates its 75th year of exis- 
tence. But can there be a question of celebration in view of the threaten- 
ing economical conditions thr.t nciv prevail*; The air. of the society is and 
has always been to allay the terrible sufferin£:s ivhich a considerable part 
of the Germans in Chicago, especially the nev/ly iniui{:rated, have to endure • 

Therefore, the celebration of the Ceman society' should consist of alleviat- 
ing the prevailing r^isery amonc the Gf^rnans of Chicaro, 

I>arin^: the v;ar the funds dv/indled considerably, so that nev; endovjnents are 

History of the Society, 

The noble determination to help our people led to the found:-:tion of the 
Society for ^-^id of the GeriTian I/Tjtii£^rants in 1B55* 




bendpost . Seb. 9, 1930. 

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This oociet;' //as the precursor of the Cerrian scciety of Chicaco* 

'■in irjni.f^ration train which contained mostly GerrriLLn inmifrrants , met v;ith 
disaster, and many HeiTians v:ere killed, v/hile others ;;ere more or less 
seriously injured. '.Voinen and children, unable to understand the country's 
languaf:e, were robbed of all ti eir bclongincs, and v;ere completely 
destitute. Kelp bec-aiiie urgent, and therd v/; re people ;'/ho did help. 

/Unonc them '.vas the German veterinary surgeon, Dr. ^^^Ibert Borchardt. On 
this occasion he planned the orc^^nization of a society v/ith the aim of 
assist in(^ needy German imiriigrants. 

The oryanization of this society too>: place in the yt?ar 1855. The Gerraan 
immigrants of those years suffered far more than those of to-day. 

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Abendpost, reb. 9, 1930. 

.-iC^nts of unscrupulous lodcin^: houses char::ed these u::fortunate people 
exorbitant prices for poor shelter und still poorer food, and often took 
all treir savin^-s. Dr. Borchardt induced the city council to forbid the 
agents to practice their dirt./ business '^irj longer. 

The societ:- thus v;as a real blessing to the Gerraan iniifiigrant • 

The first real test for the scciety v;as the terrible economical crisis of 
1857, in v/hich year the depression re:;Ched such proportions that the newly 
arrived LTii:iigrants v;ere subjected to untold sufferings. 

Here the Society for the ^^^id cf Irar.igrants did its utmost to heir), 

The year of 1359-1853 marked the suspension of the vGerman Societv of 
Chicago. The Society for Aid of Geniian Inimigrants v;as dissolved in 
1859, and a benevolent society v;as founded, the -Society for the Aid of 
Nev; Irnmi grants. 

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.vbendpost . Teb. 9, 1930 

Then cairie the Civil v;ar, which lik6\;ise created a severe econoinical crisis 
aiTicng the v/orkin£: classes. 

The Charitable Society became a v/orthy successor of the Aid Society. 

The restoration of the society took place in 1868 and received the narrie 
German Society of Chicaf^o, which it still carries, 

i^t first the meiribershiT> increased steadilv. But then came a terrible 
blov/ in the ^reat fire of 1871, --^11 the books and documents of the G-erman 
Society became a prey of the flames. 

The apTDeals nov; made to the society were endless as the misery caused by 
the Chicago fire knew no bounds. The German society is now confronted 
with a £;;reat problem. IIov; to alleviate the tremendous sufferings of the 
Germans this year': VJhoever has a heart for the poor^ should send his con- 
tribution to the German society. 


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Soantagpost , Deo. 8, 1929. 

Chairinan of the Fund Asks for Donations to Continue 

the Good ^ork 

After the failure of our festivities on October 13, (dance and raffle at 
the Lincoln Turnhall), v;hich had been arrant;;ed to obtain funds for the 
veterans, the coiaiiiittee in charge of the Fund appealed to the public for 

As a result of thut appeal and the numerous letters mailed by our secretary, 
Comrade George Meyer, v.e obtained the following donations from generous 
persons. In acknov^ledging the various amounts, we also concur in the invoca- 
tion, "God bless your* 

Swabian Club, ^100; V;illiara TVieboldt Foundation, 4^80; German Freemason Circle, 
^25; Carl Zwanzig, editor of the LaSalle County Plerald, ^25; C. Paschen, 

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Building Coimnissionor, ^25; Genaaa Veterans Alliance of Chicago, ,5 monthly, 
^ranslator^s note: smallest contribution, one dollar. Altogether, twenty 
names are listed/7 Total, ^347 ,50. 

A friend and supporter of long stindin^^, in sending his contribution, en- 
closed the note: "If among the 350,000 Germans in Chicago, only 
ten thousand can be found v.ho ivill give a single dollar as a final sum — ^a 
sort of permanent memorial — then the ola heroes v,ould be protected from 
want until the final march. Even if only :'ive thousand v;ould each subscribe 
one dollar, then the plight of the veterans could be considerably ameliorated, 
since v.ithin t\\o to five yei rs most of our wards of the Grand Army will have 
been called to the 'Great Beyond*. 

"Therefore, my dear countrymen, be imbued with the Christmas spirit! --/ho 
will help? V:e cannot let the heroes of Germany's epochal period suffer from 
want and starvation. It would be a disgrace to Chicago's German community." 

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SonntarT)Ost, Dec. 8, 1929. 

Donations v/ill be r:ratefully received by George Meyer, secretary, 
1711 Otto Street; Paul Ilallnann, treasurer, 2708 l7ashincton Boulevard 
(Masonic Temple). 

The Coiiixuittee 
Consul LI. Girten, honorary president 

translator's note: Altogether six n-^nes are listedjj^ 














Soimtagpost . Nov. 17, 1929. 


According to the report of the Association's benevolent activities, the last 
month showed an alarming recession in enployment, a condition unequalled vathin 
the last four years. Indications presage the approach of a difficult period. 
The number of unemployed applying to the ;^ssociation increased by fully one 
half (2,500), and that v:e could procure jobs for a hundred and fourteen is 
attributable only to the fortunate circurastance that three firiis asked for 
ten to tvvelve people at a tiiae. However, the v/ork is only temporary. 

The customary factor to aggravate this serious condition manifested itself 
v;ith the approach of cooler weather. The demands upon the Society's resources 
increased perceptibly. As soon as the vdnter months force the thermometer 
still lov/er, the number of impoverished fa::ulies asking for aid will still 
be greater. 

As the x^sociation's cash reserve and supply of v/arm clothing are exhausted 













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Sonntagpost ^ Nov* 17, 1929. 

we are coiapelled to ask for financial assistance and donations, such as used 
overcoats, clothing of all kinds, underwear, shoes, and so forth. Kindly 
send monetary contributions to the Geriaan Society, 160 !I. IVells Street, The 
Society will gladly call for clothing, if notified in writing or by telephone, 

Randolph 4039* 


In October the Gerrxan Society helped 44 fanilies and 129 children; also 17 
single persons, five of v;hoin were v/omen. It provided shelter and food to 
unemployed people, namely, 199 meals, and lodging for 144; it took five 
persons to private hospitals, eight to Cook County hospital, five to Oak 
Forest, one to the sanatorium for consumptives, vrhere they were given 
free treatment. Medical treatment, medicine, etc., were given gratuitously 
to fourteen persons. 

The expenditures for the aforesaid purposes amounted to .•?704.55 

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Labor conditions and distress affecting German families remained unchanged 
during the month of September, according to the reports of the German So- 
ciety of Chicago. Although employment v/as obtained for 113 people, job- 
seekers increased by forty percent. 'Tages were reduced. A fev; cold days 
affected the destitute considerably. The Association's entire supply of 
clothing and shoes is exhausted. Therefore we beg all well-meaning readers 
to send us their discarded warm clothim^, overcoats, coats, trousers, under- 
wear, shoes, etc. The Society inll gladly make arrangements for delivery if 
notified by telephone or mail. Phone Randolph 4037, 160 North Wells Street. 

In spite of its depleted funds, the Society is giving help in the most press- 
ing cases, continuing its benevolent activities as it has been doing uninter- 
ruptedly for seventy-five years. 

SupDort was given to 42 families with 132 children and 19 single persons, ot/rj^ 

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whom 6 were women. Homeless and unemployed people received 162 
meals and lodging; 4 v/ere sent to private hospitals; 6 to the County hos- 
pital, 4 to Oak Forest, where they were accepted as non-paying patients, 
and 8 obtained free medical treatment, medicine, etc. 

Expenditures for aid amounted to $694.30. 

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Abendpost . Oct. 1, 1929. 

German Veterans Aid Fund Asks 
Help for Aged Veterans 

The German Veterans Aid Fund announces a prize dance on Monday evening, 
October 13, at the gymnasium of the Lincoln Txirner Hall, for the 
benefit of destitute former German soldiers of the wars of 1864, 1866, 
and 1870-71. ^onquest of Denmark by German-Austrian troops, 1864; 
Austro-German conflict, 1856; French-German hostilities, 1870. Ifeny 
Germans were fighting in the American Civil ?;ar in 1864 but the article 
does not state if these veterans are included. Translator^ 

The Veterans Aid Fund was founded in 1912 by members of the German 
Veterans Club of Chicago and by the recently dissolved Alliance of the 
Veterans of the Germany Army, in order to give a comradely, helping 


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Abendpost . Oct. 1, 1929, 

hand to old German vetercins in dire hours of distress. 

During its long existence the Fund has been a source of untold blessings, 
and the executives therefore implore the German citizens of Chicago to 
help the poor old German veterans of the German wars of unification. 

Please send all voluntary contributions to our secretary of long standing, 
George Meyer, co-founder of the Fund, 1711 Otto Street, or to the treasurer, 
Paul Hallmann, 2708 West Washington Boulevard, who will issue receipts and 
express their gratitude in behalf of the veterans • 

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Sonntagpost (Sunday Kdition of Abendpost ) > Apr« 11, 1926. 


Unusual V/eather Conditions Cause Great 

Suffering Among Poor German Families 

The unusual weather conditions during llarch were the cause of considerable 
demands, greater than usual at this time of the year, upon the charitable 
activities of the German Society of Chicago. It appears from the monthly 
report that it had to meet the needs of forty-eight families, with 167 chil- 
dren, and of twenty-one single persons, among v/hom were seven women. The 
Society gave 118 meals to unemployed, and ninety-three lodgings to shelter- 
less persons. It procured free acceptance into private hospitals of six 
persons, into the county hospital of eight persons, seven into Oak Forest, and 
one into the tuberculosis sanitarium. Besides, sixteen persons received free 
medical treatment, and three families received a coal supply. 

The chances for obtaining work continue to be rather remote. .Vork could be 
provided for 103 persons by the Society, but the numbers of those seeking 

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Sonntagpost (Sunday Edition of Abendpost )> Apr. 11, 1926 

employment kept increasing—more than 3,000 persons came to the office apDly- f, 
ing for work. p 


For all kinds of aid the German Society spent ^v704*24. ^ 














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Abendpost ^ Jan* 22, 1926* 

A r:i:mimdsr gf great tiliss. 

The festival which takes place every year for the benefit of needy Gernian \mr 
veterans, has already become an institution with Chicago Germans. These fes- 
tivals have been held annually since 1911. Over $10,000 has besn distri- 
buted among veterans during these years. 

The ranks of the veterans are thinning out rapidly, and today there are only 
17 in our midst, \iho are living reminders of the glorious period of the v. ar, 
and the founding of the Smpire, and "when they will follow the merciless laws 
of nature, and join the grand army then the occasion for arranging these fes- 
tivals must disappear. And this naturally will mean a loss to the German 
element. Because these festivals gave hundreds of German men and women an 
OT)T>ort unity, to meet yearly, to exchange serious and joyous thoughts, for 
mutual cultivation of great remembranc-f^s and honorable traditions. They 
came togetherto perform an act of charity, and at the same time they were able 
to pluck for themselves the most exquisite fruits of spirit and heart, from 
the tree of charity. 

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Abendpogt ^ Jan. 22, 1926. : y \ 

Yesterday's festival was also celebrated in this sense, for which the president 
of the executive committee, Mr. G. A. von Ifessov;, n^.de all pre, parat ions, with 
great success. 

Mr. M. F. Grirten, Austrian Consul, a well-liked personality in Chicago's Ger- 
man circles, presided with skill and humor and welcomed the large audience in 
the name of the veterans. 

The festival program was started v^ith a prologue, composed and recited by 
llr. Paul H. OrtmRnn. The speech of the day v/as held by Mr. Ernst J. Kruertgen. 
In simple but impressive v/ords the speaker pointed out the purpose of the 
festival. He spoke of the glory of the old Germ^.n empire and of the terrible 
suffering of the present Germany. Out of w^r and peace Mr. Kruetgen wove a 
number of pictures, which colorfully unrolled themselves before the eyes of 
the listeners, and if the speaker sometimes i:ado a strong accusation, criti- 
cized severely, then the spontaneous applause of the audience proved that he 
was well understood. 

The musical program offered a series of enjoyments, lir. Ballmann took over 


Ab6ndi3QS\>5 Jivn* 22^ 10: 


t  e ins t ru:ne nt "• 1 ^r ; r t « 

'/r- seiecte- the nror:;:;': v;i.h taste and uiderstaiidiii;;. 
o::o so;""S ^'f^d .:iartial !:nrche3, accorsii" 'oo "Av^ occasion, vere :-)r -i erred bv 

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v^i\^\:e^\ a^^ lauso oi iiis 'rate^'ul 

L:r-. v'^n dor Locht. "A'.- •r:)ublic ^'ot ac-uairrted \;ith 

listeners "proved, I: hr .. 
•:n excellent si ^;':r. The estee::ed arti^^t ^> ".vz a nu .ber oT 3on;-3, no; o T/ith 
piano, a-^d ot':3rs v/i::"': orchestra a ■co:':pani' ^^/it . All t'';e d'^lidithul sonr's v;ere 
a c k n "^:7l^ d ' e d. b v s t or  '''',^ a -o ^ 1 a u s e • 

'he ein-^in^- society, ^^Vv 

s h i • • of it, <^ ^r e 3 i^l e nt , 

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v^x^':^ /.nec::x • 

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c\ -^r .-^ r* 17-, .0. 

nu. ber of his best 

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e:.:pera:::ental direction, carried alon;* the ^/lili-trained 

aii:ie':ce ou 

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sin^^ers to brilliant eerfor::ancei::... A'*-^in aid H'- in t' • 

ae'::)lau3 ■" , and t"-e cin-'er-: \7-^re cbli;"ed to tlirov; "n addition'^l na bers. 


<-•'"' f < .'"1 "■ 

'• ?our '^r.'r 

Vn Gutetandin:'3 nu. ber of the nro^'rrun './cis t].e scene **dredei 

sonal guar's of old "^ritz and his favorite dru:....'jr, a 3::iall, fa!: ''e^^^ro 

appeared in historical unifor^'S cf thos ti er;, ^:nd after perior!.iin_ so::;e ::nrch- 

in-y exercisee, they sanr;; the deli;-htful ballad ""T^redericus Rex" by Lceriye. The scer^e 



Abendpost ^ Jan. 22, 1926. 

v/as reproduced by three veterans of the V/orld Man Otto Schv^rek, Otto Dolz, 
and John Pannemann, also two members of the German V7ar Veterans Association, 
Kurt Stengel and August V/olf. They were greatly applauded for their perfor- 

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Abendpost , Oct. 22, 1925. 


The annual meeting of the Schwaben-Verein presided over by lyilliara Jauss, 
president of the Verein, took place yesterday in the dining room of the 
North Side Turner Hall, It is the custom at a meeting of this kind to 
distribute cash gifts from the financial surplus made at the Cannstatt 

First of all, the minutes of the various board meetings during the last 
months v/ere read by Mr. Julius Schmidt. He is the former secretary of 
the society, who had served for many years and who was now substituting 
for the present secretar:y^, i-r« Heinrich Hieber, now absent on a trip to 
Germany. Charles Rink, treasurer, and LIr. Roller, financial secretary, 
then submitted their reports. Llr. Hieber next read the proposals made 
by the board regarding the gifts to be made at this time to charitable 
institutions, hospitals, and the like. All of the proposals v;ere 
approved . 

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III B 2 

Abendpost , Oct. 22, 1925* 

S\ims amounting to a total of .^^2,500 v;ere sanctioned and distributed as 
follows: /K list of institutions and societies is appended. These 
include hospitals, orphana^^es , and charitable institutions in Chicago; 
the German-.^nerican Historical Society; the Gernian-Z^rierican Lehrerseminar 
in Iv!ilv;aukee; and various charitable institutions in Germany. Aiuo\mts are 
not specifiedj7 

The Verein will celebrate its yearly Schiller festival or: November 10, 
in its customary beautiful nianner: Decorating of the Schiller monument 
in Lincoln Park v;ith brief, appropriate rites; and in the evening, a 
congenial get-together of all members and their relatives. Christmas 
will likewise be celebrated in the manner practiced for decades. 

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IV Abend post, !.lar» 3, 192 5 • 


. The Gerirr^n Society, wMch looks back upon an activity of 70 years, during 
that time has done a great deal of charitable ^vork, held its yearly meeting 
yesterday, on v/hich occasion the president of the society, fonner Judge 
Girten, nnd the secretary, both of whom devoted thejaselves unselfishly to 
the business affairs of the organization, submitted their reports, as fol- 
lows : 

Ye^irly Report of the President: 

**70 ye'^rs old? No, 70 years young should be said on the occasion of the 
Gerraan Society's jubilee, because it is the oldest among all the charitable 
organization, public or private, and can look back vvith pride upon zealous 
action in aitigating the need of our countrymen during the seventy years. 
Its work cannot be estimated in figures, and the value of its assistance, be 
it in money, coal, clothing, offer of v/ork or advice in need and difficulties, 
is tremendous. Permit ne a short retrospect ^vhich includes the period from 
January 1, 1914 - the year in v/hich the cruel "./orld "/ar began, until December 

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Abendpo stf liar, 3, 1925. 
31, 1924, \/hen the "errnan Society closed its 70 ye-irs career* 

During this time it assisted 9,558 families v/ith 31,326 children, secured 
work for 28,634 people, procured les'U aid in 2,200 cases, helped almost 
3,000 persons during the critical v/nr period, spent nlmost ^^110,000, for 
help, and v/as always ready and willing to assist v/ibh advice and iiiforniation. 
The pov/erful performance of the vlernrn Society in spite of the hard times 
and financila difficulties should be a spur to carry on this noble work in 
the same sense* For such reason do v/e solicit new members -^nd patrons, who 
should generously contribute the necessary funds, and we request the kind 
co-operation, especially of the lerraan elements in Chicago, so that we may be 
able to achieve our aim. 


From the managers of the estate of our member of long standing, Llr. John F. 
C. Hansen we received $500 and Ur. Theodore \. Kochs, who also was a member 
of long standing, willed us $1,000. 

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':Te lost, this ysHVy a number of faithful members, v/ho supported us steadily 
v/ith their contributions, namely: Louis C. Bartling, iiJrnst von Danden, Adolph 
George, v/ho was a director for many ye-irs, .)r. Otto Guenther, Theodore A, 
Kochs, also a director. Dr. Ernst Sau-enhaus, V/ilhelm Schick, Otto C. Schnei- 
der and Horst Scott. 

As members of the Executive committee for the next three years: Ilessrs. 
•'ichael F. Girten, Robert G. :jchenneman, \dolph Kroch, Geor^^e W. Torpe, v/ere 
re-elected and Judge Ufar I., i]]berhardt, son of the forner president, 7/as 
newly elected. 

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Sonntagpost , j\.ue,. 31, 1924, 



From the American Children's Hone in Schleswig, we received the 
following letter, a grateful acloiowledgeiTient for a dollar contribution 
The appreciation is directed to, './ilhelrri Lliddelschulte, and Miss E, 
Ottershagen. "The Home cared for 248 children in the year 1923-24. 
The follo:ving cases find acceptance: General debility, anemia, 
scrofula, grandular tuberculosis, pulmonary disease in their primary 
stages, and osteomalacia, ^oftening of the bones. Translator"7 

'^Children sent to our institution this year give the impression of 
bein-:^ physically inferior even to former patients; a condition 
undoubtedly attributable to the ravages of malnutrition which 

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Sonntagpo3t > Aug. 31, 1924 • 

afflict ever increasing areas. Our home actually proved its ; 

efficacious treatment in saving many a tiny inmate's life, and among 
the older contingents the beneficial influence also becane readily 
apparent • 

"Ue have happily outlived the chaos of the paper money deluge which 
subsided in November of last year. But, unfortunately, through the 
establishment of the Rentenmark ^^evenue or liquidation r^Iark, 
Translator^ our children's home suffered a financial relapse as we are 
confronted v/ith no;; difficulties in providing the maintenance capital. 

**Likewise, the children's destiny has not been improved by the Rentenmark, 
because regardless of t^e high cost of living, v.-ages and salaries were 
reduced twenty to forty per cent from former standards, due to Germany's 
financial plight, bringing family budget problems in its wake, and 

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Son: tagpo3t > Aug. 31, 1924, 

inevitably, rualnutrition, 

**The continuance of this hoiae, who.e beneficial influence laanifests 
itself throughout the entire T)rovince of Schleswig-IIolstein, is 
really a dire necessity, and, therefore, 7;e hope that our friends 
and benefactors wil . aid us in our task; The compassion of these 
philanthropically inclined ;:eople vrho so lovingly considered the 
necessities and :3orroxs of the (>errrian children, is amply proved by 
the divers contributions v:e received in th3 past year, and :ve here- 
^vith express our ardent thanko.'' Holley, City Councilor, Schlesxvig. 

"Miss Frioda Koehler, school teachor in Chariot tenburg, /a suburb of 
Berlinj/Christstr. 18, sends thanks in the naiae of all to whom she 
distributed prt^sents froii the several boxes she received. A package 
from ..liss Schellbach is especially raentioned. A blind soldier, was 
given a suit of clothing; a Ilr. Miersch also received one. ^ v;orking 

\ '. 

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Sonntagpost , Aug. 31, 1924. 

woman completed a partly knitted jacket, by dividing the thick wool. 
Stockings, shoes, clothing, everything was impartially divided, even 
apparently unimportant items were utilized, only old gloves find few 
recipients, as most people wear none. All other donations prove 
veritable blessings. They create boundless joy, and the people are 
so thankful. 

"It taught us not tc be discouraged during sordid times, and that we 
poor Germans are rioh after all, made so by the love of the German- 
Americans. V/e again thank you heartily.** 

Otto Bartel, Berlin-Schoeneberg fZ. locality: ♦^Nice Yl\XV[[ Sedanstr. 76, 
/Sedan: Ncune of the Blench town, where the final French-German battle 
was fought September 1, 187 O^, suffers from epilepsy since birth, and, 
therefore, never could find permanent employment. Since the last ten 

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Sonntagpost > Aug. 31, 1924. 


months, he has had no work o'' any kind, and is expected to support 
his sickly mother. He asks not to be forgotten. 

Likewise, Siegfried Froehlich, /Froelich: Happ^ Stettin, Gruene Wiese 
^reen Meadov^ 11; has no work, and is in dire need. 

Family Lang, Augsburg /^e-Burg^ Bayern, Neuburgerstr. ^ew Citizen 
Street/ 47, implores us for some donation. The father was for three 
and one-half years in tie ;;ar; wounded in the left lung, out of 
work at present, mother ailing, four small, undernourished children. 

Help ameliorate the intense suffering and the great distress which 
afflicts our Fatherland. Send money and clothing to the American 
V7elfare Association, 128 North La Salle Street, Room 47, Phone, 
Franklin 0339. 

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3oDntagpo3t , Aug. 31, 1924* 



The plan of the Dawes commission has been accepted by the Gerrian 
government, but it is untimely to expect that everything in Germany 
is ^now as of yore.** l!any months will pass, before its influence 
will become apparent in the German economic system^ We must help 
the sufferers during the interim. Unemployment and disaster affect 
the entire German nation. Therefore, continue sending good, fresh, 
nutricious, strengthening American food to your loved ones, as 

The packages of the Central Committee contain carefully selected 

food stuffs, witli the idea in mind to supply products which, due to r.h 

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Gonntagpost , Aur;. 31, 1924. 

their excellence, will brinn undornourished bodies auicklv to normal 
Our nacka-^es contain the best food obtainable in the land and are 
therefore highly vrelccnied ^^oy 3-erinany^s unfortunates. 

Those without relatives requiring help in Germany, should donate 
the cost of a package to the Central Coiniiiittee for the sa/:e of the 
destitute in general. 

Packages "A*' and ^'L^' will be delivered to the addressee's home free 
of charge. Packages ''B," "C," »'D,^ "-C," "F,^' "G,»» "H," "I," ^'K,»' 
"L%" ^0," ^^P," and ''R,^' free to the nearest railroad frei.c-jit station 
v;here addressee lives. In Vienna "oacka 'es v/ill be delivered free 
to the warehouses, but in all other parts of Austria, delivery will 
be free to the denot nearest destination. '7e guarantee ddlivery 

v.. I .H 



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3onnta,^po3t , Au.^. .51, 1924 

of every package. Central Committee, Inc. For the Relief of Distress 
in Germany and Austria. Food rackaf?:e Depart.ient , 247 'East 41st Street 
(Suite 72), New York, IJ.Y. Orders may be ^iven to the American V/elfare 
Association, 128 Tlorth La Salle .Street, Chicago, Illinois. 

Package ^^\." Delivered in Oerrr.any .:H.75; in Austria v6«o0. 1 can 
corned beef, i can roast beef, 1 can salinon, 2 cans sliced bacon, 
I. cans beef lard, 2 cans baked beans, 1 doz. brotli cubes, 2 cans 
raspberries, stra'vberries or aoricot larmalade, 2 cans condensed 
mil', v/ith sugar, 2 cans evaT)orated mi'.k v;ithout sugar. 

Package "3.'» Deliv.:^red in Genoany, .^16. 50; in -^-^-ustria v'19. /^Same 
items, larger quantities, plus 6 cans ox tail soup, o cans Mulligatav/ney 
soup, .5 cans vegetable soup^ 

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Sonntap^post , Aug. 31, 1924. 

Packet '^C." Delivered in Germany, $8.25; in Austria $12. 24^ lbs. 
wheat floxar, 10 lbs. rice, 10 lbs. sugar, 5 lbs. macaroni , 2 lbs. 
groats, 2 lbs. starch, 2 lbs. sweet chocolate, 2 lbs. coffee, 1 lb. 
cocoa, 1 lb. tea, ± lb. cinnamon, ^ lb. pepper. 

Package "D." Delivered in Germany $6.50; in Austria ?9. 48 cans 
evaporated milk without sugar. 

Package ''£." Delivered in Germany v>8.10; in Austria #11. 48 cans 
condensed milk with sugar. 

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Sonntagpost , July 27, 1924. 


The Syndicate of the Council for Blind Students writes: "V/e received a 
box of clothing froiri the Red Cross in Berlin, designated to blind students 
and children, and herewith desire to express our thanks to the ^jnerican 
•iTelfare Association in the name of the recipients. Please rest assured 
that your most liberal deed created happiness. 7»'e kindly convey our 
heartfelt gratitude to the separate donors v.ho have done so much to 
ameliorate suffering among blind scholars and children. If our friends 
across the ocean continue to help us in such a loving manner, then we 
shall be enabled to assist all who have entrusted themselves to our advice 
and care." Marburg, .i. D. Lahn, V/irtstr. 9. ^A. D. Lahn" means on the 
River Lahn^ ^rans. note: The orphanage in Koenigsberg and the magistrate 
in Osterode send grateful acknowlegenents. A list of needy unfortunates is 
appended, as well as an account of items sent abroad^ 

Beautiful hand-made articles from Germany have been sent to us for sale, as 

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Sonntaspost ^ July 27, 5.924. 


well as the books of Professor Rohrbach. The proceeds from the sales 
of these articles and books will be used to help iiipoverished students. 



Abendpost , July 24, 1924 • 



The office of the American Welfare Association will be closed after two 
o'clock in the afternoon during the hot months of July and August* 
Therefore, we ask all who intend to send an order for provisions to the 
proverty-stricken in Germany, to call in the forenoon or send the request 
by mail, enclosing a personal check. 

The chief of the Registration Office in Dresden-Neustadt confirms the 
dire distress of the persons herein named and urgently implores some 
benevolently minded persons to come to their rescue. 

The Liebner family, in V/ilschdorf , consisting of three children of 
compulsory school age and three younger ones, is in utter destitution. 



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Abendpost . July 24, 1924* 

The father works only two days a week; the mother is slightly feeble- 
minded. There is no bedding, no underwear, no stockings; only shoes 
in a sad state of repair. The smallest child is so weak as to 
require hospital care, but there are no fxinds for that. 

Miss M. , in Klotzsche, has no income whatsoever. Being self-conscious, 
she cannot face strangers. Great distress. 

Mrs. F., a widow, in Klotzsche, makes her living by renting small rooms* 
She has two daughters, but it is impossible to find employment. They 
do house-work but ceuinot earn enough to buy food. Dire want prevails. 

The family R, in Ottendorf-Okrilla. The father suffers from a serious 
heart ailment. Of the five children, three are of school age. A 
seventeen-year-old son and a daughter of fifteen are unemployed. No 


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Abendpost , July 24, 1924. 

linen nor clothing. 

Mrs. and Miss R., in Koetzschenbroda, live only from homework, which 
provides insufficient funds. Mrs. R. is seventy-four years old and 
sick, and requires the constant attendance of her daughter. R# 
suffers from malnutrition; she embroiders all day but earns only enough 
for bread. 

Two spinister sisters, the Misses K. , in Niederloessnitz, both over 
seventy, manage a rooming house and sold all spare furniture, can 
not pay the last gas bill; have neither coal nor potatoes. 

Mrs. S., in Koetzschenbroda, and her constantly ailing daughter, have 
neither coal nor potatoes. Face starvation. 


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Abendpost , July 24, 1924. 

Miss D., same locality, above seventy, single, tried to earn a little 
money by picking berries, but her swollen legs make that impossible* 

Mr. and Mrs. M., in Oberloessnitz, an old, childless couple, have 
neith r coal nor potatoes, Mrs. M. is almost blind. Great proverty 
is to be found here. 

Mrs. E., in Koetzschenbroda, has four children, ranging in ages from 
nine years to six months. The husband was committed to an insane 
asylum recently. Because of her many small children, she cannot 
leave home and work elsewhere. Receives some money froji the poor fund, 
which is not enoxigh for the bare necessities of life. Even bread and 
potatoes are mostly lacking; the children have no shoes. 

The American V/elfare Association, 128 North La Salle Street, Room 
47, Telephone Franklin 0339, beseeches you: Help us to give some 


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Abendpost . July 24, 1924. 

support to these unfortunates! The donations may also be sent to 
Amtshauptmann Dr. Guehery, Dresden-Neustadt , Gross Meissner Str. 15. 







Abendpost , July 18, 1924. 

GERiLMT-.J.2SIC;irJ iilD 

All who gave donations to relatives or friends in Germany, and v.ho sent 
such contributions through the Geriuan-Aner i can ^dd, should notify the 
D. A. K. (Gerinan-American Aid) at the Citizens Alliance Building, 1545 
Clybourne Avenue, if they received information from abroad that the 
presents have not arrived. 

Please communicate v.lth us by letter (not verbally or by telephone), giving 
the correct address and a list of the laerchandise ordered, as well as your 
ovm name and location. 

Investigation has shovoi that many orders could not be filled because of 
inaccurate addresses and also due to misunderstandings at the time of 

Furthermore, the German government informed us that its railroads, during ^^r""^v 

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Abendpost > July 18, 1924. 

the past Christmas rush, found it impossible to make prompt deliveries, 

Lorenz Schlegel, president of the D. ii. H, , endeavors to correct all mistakes 
and tries to prevent their repetition. Jj^ exceedingly cold winter in Germany 
caused untold hardship. Even the heather, Calluna Vulgaris, quite comiaon on 
German plains and tiiriving up to the artic circle, froze to its roots, failing 
to turn green; an unprecedented case in Geriaan botany • The above item v/as 
tcJcen from an unrelated article but helps as an explanation. Translator/ 

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Sonntagpost (Sunday Edition of Abendpost ) , June 8, 1924. 

V/OniGRS ^.niRZ DISCHARaj:D in adK/iAJIY 

( Advert i sement ) 

Distress is threatening. Cjninous days lie ahead. Help can only come 
from America. As on previous occasions, we must come to the rescue 
to lessen the burden. 

Send Food Now 

The new harvest will not be availa' le until July. During the interim, 
Germany must depend on imported foodstuffs. The Gterman mark, diminished 
in value, cannot buy anything in forei.m markets. 

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Sonntagpost (Sunday IJdition of Abendpost ) , June 8, 1924, 

Do Not Let Your Loved Ones Suffer from Hunger 

Send them good, fresh American food, like that v;hich the Central Committee 
delivers regularly every v/eek to its warehouse in Hamburg. 

The packages of the Central Co umittee contain carefully selected 
assortments — quality foods — designed to strengthen undernourished bodies 
as rapidly as possible. 'e send the finest products obtainable in 
this country, and our shipments ar3 therefore highly esteemed by the 
famine victims in Qermany. 

VJTioever has no dependents or knov/s of no one requiring help can donate 
a package through the Central Co-nimittee, thereby helping the cause. 

The packages '^A", "D^, '^iC^, ^*F^, ^^H", ^I", "L^', "0", and "F" /described 

late£7 will be delivered to the homes of the recipients. The packages^"'" jf^'^^ 

"B'», "C", "G", "K", ^^1.1", and "C^ will be delivered free to the railroad Ify ." ^ 


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Sonntagpost (Sunday Ildition of Abendpost ) , June 8, 1924. 

depot at the destination. In Vienna, all packages will be given to the 
addressee at the warehouse; in all other parts of Austria, delivery is 
free to the depot at the destination. 

7;e guarantee delivery of every package. 

Central Committee, Inc. 
?or the Relief of Distress in Germany and Austria 

Food Package Department 
247 East 41st Street {3uite 72), Tew York, N. Y. 

Orders may also be sent through: The .^unerican '.Welfare Association, 

128 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, 111.; office hours from 9 A.M. to 5 P.:.'. 

^he advertisement concludes xvith a detailed specification of the contents 
of the food packages marked ".^", "3**,...., "R"^7 




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Sonntagpost , June 8, 1924. 

^.IIiIRICiUI "J£i:^)S2. .\S30CLITI0IJ rT'R 

The Geman Central Committee i*or i?'oreign Relief has issued a very valuable 
statistical record entitled "Destitution in Gerriany". The object oi' the v/ork 
is to give facts and fit:uro3 on the impoverishraent oi* Ger^^any and to disprove 
foreign ruiaors of exagcerated conditions in Gemany by submitting brief in- 
disputable statistics. 

The territory which Gerraany was compelled to cede after the v;ar represents a 
greater loss of land than of population. This means that a larger percentage 
of people a'lust now be supported on a diminished acreage. Aside from this, the 
agricultural products froir. the relinquished districts had greatly exceeded local 
needs, tiie surplus being absorbed by contiguous provinces. 

The lost areas in 1913 produced about 526 kiloc:raiiis of grain and 152o kilograias 

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Sonntagpost , Juns 8, 1924. 

of potatoes per capita, wiureas the remainder of Genuany had a per capita 
yield of only 301 kilocrams of grain and 662 kilograms of potatoes. The loss 
of livestock in the ceded areas was like-vise relatively;- greater than the popu- 
lation loss. The number of horses, cattle, and hogs in Germany dropped thirty- 
seven per cent /when these areas v;ere lost/ . 

Along with this loss of surplus-producing units, one must also take into ac- 
count the lov/ered productivity of the soil, the fertility of which ;vas sadly 
depleted during the war period. Lack of fertilizer together v/ith the exten- 
sive farming operations carried on at the time left their mark. And after 
the v;ar the acute need for fertilizer for the exhausted soil could not be met, 
since the home industries could not produce sufficient potash and nitrogen. 

All of these conditions resulted in decidedly poorer hainrests 

This lowered productivity also affected the yield of fodder. ••. and hence 

the yield of milk Before the war the average annual milk yield per cow 

was estimated at 2200 liters, today it is somewhere near 1800 liters.... 


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Sonntagpost , June 8, 1924. 

The curtailed use of milk will have its harmful effects, particularly since 
the available supply does not have the same fat content as the milk of pre- 
war days. The decrease in milk consumption is especially noticeable in the 

larger cities Berlin reports that milk deliveries before the v;ar amounted 

to one-half liter per day per person; in November, 1923 this figure shrunk to 
one twenty-eighth of a liter. In 1914, the city of Nurember>T used 130,000 
liters of milk per day; in 1923, the daily consumption fell to 43,000 liters. 
The dearth of milk becomes increasingly serious as a result of the lack of 
purchasing power which prevents parents from substituting other foods to pro- 
vide a balanced diet. 

Nearly all cities acknov/ledge thi;t malnutrition among school children has 
reached alarming proportions. .. .Only seventy percent eat one warm meal per 
day; many have no warm food v;hat soever, because coal prices exceed all bounds. 
This condition in turn, has resulted in a terrifying mortality rate among 
infants and children.... 

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Sonntagpost , June 8, 19^4. 

In addition to malnutrition, there is the problem of clothing. Nearly all 
teachers report that children cannot go to school because they lack even the 
laost essential articles o£ clothing* 

Bring money or donations for the Gerriian cause tc the office of the American 
V/elfare Association for Gernan Children, 128 North LaSalle Street, Room 47; 
telephone: Franklin 0339. 

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The Victor Lenel Foundation, a chilriren's recreation in luannheim, 
Germany, aclaiov.leuces our recent c ntribution in the follovan^; coiiLTiuni- 

"7:e thanl< you heartily for your donation • • . . v;e have thereby been 
enabled to keep our portals o^^en • • . . 

"Germany* s plight becomes steadily worse . . • • new terrors arise. 
[ihe sorrow afflicting chilaren is indescribable .... and therefore 
we are so grateful tnat you have nelped Ub to alleviate suffering 
among them. After all, they are not responsible for present conditions. 

"The contribution you so kindly sent has been a ;.:reat help to us. 

Even the bare necessities of life are lacking • . • • Llerchants every\'«:iere 

demand payment, but we have no money. In the past, our German philanthropists 


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Abend post , June 4, 1924. \ 

gave us aiiiple support, but these good people are no\. also poverty- 
stricken as a result of the terrible currency depreciation, .aid since 
v;e i:iust depend upon the benevolence of others, ive are sorely pressed. 
Ho^vever, vjb trust and hope that the good iunericans vdll come to our 
rescue as they have in tne past, so that: our laisery will oe lessened. 
Again, our sincerest thanks for your aonation." 

Brie,itta .^uss 
Children's uoiae 

Reverend Cassenber^- of '.Veimar .Ir. Docau:,: expresses his t;ratitude to all 
the kind donors. ..e has distributed the luuney aiaons txie poor, unem- 
ployed, deservin.- people in his laige industrial district, dis- 
tress is v;iaespread. 


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Judge-advocate Bernhardt tnanks us in the naiie of the Ladie^ .association 
of r.udolstadt. The c-ntributio^ v.ill benefit sixty poor children in 
an institution. 


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V/e • . • • beseech you to help these people. Send .tio :.ey or packar'es to 
the ruaerica:. ..elfare ^association Tor German Children, 128 Morth LaSalle 
v_treet, roo:a 47; telep.ione: j'ranKlin 0539. 

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Sonntagpost (Sunday ifidition of Abendpost) , Jiine 1, 1924. 


The majority of the people living in the United States hardly have an ade- 
quate conception of housing conditions in Genuany. a pamphlet entitled 
Wretched Quarters in the Occupied Districts gives the following account: 
"The dearth of habitable rooms in occupied areas is immediately apparent • 
The scarcity of dwellings has at last become a terrible menace, and it is 
diffictilt to see how the evil niay be mitigated, since all newly erected 
buildings must be properly furnished and reserved for the use of the admin- 
istration in charge of the occupied areas. The dubious results of such 
crowding are already evident in the occupied territory* Numerous families, 
often with more than nine persons, must live in a single room, ^he 
pamphlet goes on to describe the v/retched plight of the German people in :,['' "^^^ 
the occupied areas as a result of the demands made upon the populace by the 7; l*;,!\/l. ^I/ 
French Array of Occupation./ 


Whoever has discarded clothing for young or old should bring them to the 


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Sonntagpost (Sunday Edition o f Abendpost) , June 1, 1924. 

office of the V/elfare Association, 128 North LaSalle Street, where such 
donations will be gratefully received. 

Great distress afflicts our old fatherland. 

We also have honey for sale, in small and large quantities. The proceeds 
from its sale will be sent to Germany. 

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In spite of make believea and assertions, that every one who is ivilling to work 
should secure a position, and taking into consideration the comparison of the 
records of the same three months of last year, a considerable change has teiken place, 
which is qaite alarming. 

Although the society was able to secure positions for 361 persons, howevsr, this 
amount is ten percent less than the previous record. 

The number of persons who were looking for work amounted to over 4,500, thereby 
showing an increase of eleven per cent. 

It is also noticeable that the employer is inclined to pay smaller wages for un- 
skilled labor than before. For purposes of relief the society spent in the last 
three months $1,713.29. 


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III H Abendpost , Dec. 13, 1919. 

D. A. H. 
VJliat the D. A. II. Has Done Thus Far 

The D. A. H. ^^utsche Amerika Eilfe (German-American AidjT^ was founded 

July 15, 1919 by a small group of GemLan-American men and women, whose ^ 

hearts were touched by the cries of despair from the old country^ They ^ 

thought the time had come to give effective aid immediately. Without ^ 

fear, they went to work. And their efforts met with success, because all r; 

who know what hunger and want means, came to their aid. The German 3; 

communities, clubs, and lodges collected gifts with such zeal that, within g 
a few weeks of hard work, it was possible to dispatch the first shipment 
of milk to Germany. 


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On September 4, one hundred parcels of powdered milk were sent to Berlin, 
and the same amounts were sent also on September 15, 23, and 30, and 
October 18, all to Berlin. On October 11 one hundred parcels were sent 
to the community of Barenwalde in the Erzgebirge ^^^ranslator^s note: 
Srzgebirge is a mountainous region in central GermanjT". The shipments 

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to Berlin were addressed to the Foodstuffs llinistry. On November 20, we 
sent 10,000 pounds of powdered milk (in fifty-po\ind cans) to the Red Cross 
in Hambiirg, for distribution throughout Germany. Altogether 15,000 poimds 
of powdered milk were shipped across, v^ich v/ill have saved the lives of 
several thousand children • 

At the same time, fat stuffs for the adult population were not forgotten. 
Consequently, five thousand dollars worth of lard for Berlin and an equal 
amoTint for Vienna were ordered through the Armour Packing Company on 
November 7. !ItLe lard was already'' in storage in Europe, making a quick 
delivery possible, vrtiich is ver^'' important for our relief work. 

At the last session of the D. A. H. the business committee decided to 
purchase another ninety-seven-boxes of condensed milk for three hundred 
dollars, to be sent to the Deutsche V/ohlfahrtspflege /German V/elfare 
Administration/ in Berlin, destined especially for the sick children in 
the Charite Hospital. Furthermore, it was resolved to ship five hundred 


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bo:-:es of g .octcned condensed rill: (Lilly's) for eac'- of the no::t three 
nonths, t!ie Cror:..Lin govern: .cnt had infon.ied the D. .x. !.'• that 
condensed for the near future needed badly. It .;as resolved 
further that t!ic chain. jan of the finance coL^i.dttee, ] ^*. Ferdinand V/alther, ^ 
should place an order for ..O/^OC pounds of fat ^lard^/ i;itli Ar:.iour and 
CoriToan::. T:.iG r::ercl;andise is already stored in 'Ck^many and ./ill ]..ahe a 
hirhly v;elco:iC Christ. .as Ift for our sufferiny brothers at hone. 


As far as the other hranc*. of our relief .;orh' is conC'.,r:icd, nai.ioly, the 
collection of clcthin;j, ..e can reyor*. yocd r.o\;3* ..fter all yreyarationi 
had been nade, .;o started our first .^hiynent cf clothiny on ]'oveMber C, 
and by Decer.iber ", exactly ".,'ivhin a :.ont!':, '.;e .sent t]iirty-t\;o lar^:e 
be:: ^^:- ..ith a total ..ei 'ht of 10,0CC youn.ds: three bcxes to Jusseldorf; 
eictit to i:arcnv.'alde 1r the Jrz,;ebirye; three to r.ernau; tv.o to hordlin^en; 
and, si::tecn to the l^eu ::ross in ^-erlin. Tiiis v;ech another ten \o:_s 
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Abendpost > ::ov. .24, 1919. 

ON Kluil^ Oj TII^ D2]3TITUT.i; 
Catholics ilold 3i^ ; Meeting in .athenaeum 

The Catholics of Chicago are uot Tar beiiind when it becones nscessar:^' to 
alleviate distre^'is and nloery, to feed the hun'*r:^ and to clothe the needy. 
This fact v/as proved by the ::ass nuetin^' v/riich xvas held last ni.-ijit in the 
AthenaeoTL of the 3t. .dphonsus parish, at Lincoln and Jouthport .^venues. 
This v/as the first of a sorie?? of neetin^^s v.iich the Ger.sian-.xustrian .^.id 
CoaTiittee of the C'lica.'^o .Irchdiocese plan to hold in various ^arts of the 
city to acquaint more neople the miserable conditions which exist in 
Geriiany and Austri!i as a result of the tvar. 

.wt each of these meotin;'£:s competent speakers -vill describe the bitter destitu- 
tion and niser:/; in this .;ay the interest :;hich the Catholics of German descent 
have shov/n in the relief v/ork /nich is sponsorod by the Pope v/ill not slacken, 



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III H Abendpost . Nov* 24, 1919. 
I G 

IV but the charitable contributions, which have already reached an impos- 
ing figure within the ilrchdiocese of Chicago, will be further augmented. 

Catholics of the North Side responded to the call in great numbers and showed 
a lively interest in the speakers' message. 

^Let man be noble, charitable, and unselfish,'^ was the keynote of all the 
speeches, and the story of our suffering brothers in the old country was re- 
peated many times by the speakers. Miss Jane Addams, well known as a great 
philanthropist; Bishop A, J. Mc Gavick, who has contributed much toward the 2 
success of this great relief undertaking by his untiring efforts; iimiy Chap- lo 
lain G. McCarthy, Monsignor F, A# Rempo, chairman; and Mr. Michael /. Girten, 1:3 
president of the German Roman-Catholic Central Association, whose heart is 
always in the right place when an act of charity is involved, all described 
in eloquent words the distress of our hard hit brothers overseas, and their 



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III H Abendpost , Nov* 24, 1919. 

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TV appeal will linger for a long time in the hearts of their audience. 

After the church choir of the St. Alphonsus parish had presented several 
hymns, Monsignor Rempe explained the purpose of the meeting* He then intro- 
duced the well-known philanthropist, Miss Jane Addams, as the first speaker 
of the evening* 


Miss Addams, who was greeted with loud applause, described, in her plain and r^ 
simple manner, the deplorable conditions v;hich she found in Germany during -x? 
her stay there last summer* She gave a vivid sketch of the dire distress and o 
the unbelievable misery which had niade a lasting impi*es3ion on hsr* According Lo 
to her reports, the children there are suffering acutely because of the shortage § 
Of milk, their most essential food element* She said that the children she 
saw looked skinny and lacked natural vitality; they were feeble and apathetic, 
too weak to play and too tired to talk* They were all undernourished as a 


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III II Abondpost , ITov. PA, 1019. 
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IV result of the fat deficiency'- in their diet. There had been no butter 
for raonths, and in sone cities :.iilk: was so scarce that children older 

than tv;o years had not bi^en .;iven an^r. The situation v/as best described, the 
speaker said, by a question v;.^iich she liad heard a child ask in Leipzig. 

"*!.:other, is it true that tliere are countries where children can eat anj'-thing 
they v/ant?*" 

"'Jiioever says that t^iere is no distress in Geniany, •' the spea.ier continued, 
*'does not knov; what he is talking about. L'hore is deprivation not only a::iong 
the poorer peonla, but also arjon^: the wealthier people of some districts. 
!.'eat is a rarity. In Saxony, the recollection of the Hurnip winter* o2 1917 
makes "oeoTile shudder, because tlieir tumi^^s v/ere the only available food. It ^ 
was turnips for breakfast, turnips for lunch, and turnips a/;:'ain for supr>er. 
i^ven the healthiest persons v;ere uniblo to endure this diet for any leu':;th of 



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III H Abendpost , Nov. 24, 1919. 
I G 

IV time, and death reaped a rich, harvest,** 

Vfliile Miss Addams confined her talk to a description of conditions prevailing 
in Geiraany, Bishop Alexander J. McGavick, the next speaker, now made an appeal 
to the sympathies of the audience, and asked them to do their share in re- 
lieving the distress, 

"V/e hear so much nowadays of reconstruction," said the church dignitary, '^but 
the essential thing now is to beal the wounds which the war has inflicted. 
Open sores are a constant danger to the future. The wounds of war have cut 
deeply, iUjnost a year has passed since the armistice was signed and the 
wounds have not yet healed.'* 

The speaker then related the parable of the good Semiariteui who, on his way 

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III H Abendpost , Nov. 24, 1919. 

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IV from Jerusalem, found a man lying in the street and proceeded to dress 
his wounds and to confort him. Bishop McGavick said that the wounds 

which the war inflicted should be dressed with the oil of charity. He de- 
clared that now is the time to be charitable toward a people bleeding from a 
thousand vfounds. 

"The sentiment of hate, generated by the war, should come to an end, and tho 
;7aves of passion should be smoothed by the oil of charity, for only then can 
there be real peace." 

Referring to the purpose of the meeting the speaker said: "^Ve are gathered 
here, not just to give lip service to charity, but actively to engage in it. 
The winter season is at hand and great will be the harvest which death will 
reap in Germany and Austria unless help is given, and given sooni Do not 
merely pity, but give and give generously!" 



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III H Abendpos t > Nov. 24, 1919. 

I G 
rv The audience received these words with rousing applause; they v/ere 

words that came frora the heart of the si>eaker and found their way into 
the hearts of those who listened. Army Chaplain G. McCarthy, who was the next 
speaker, told some of the experiences he had at the war front. He said he 
had observed that German soldiers were always considerate toward the wounded 
enemy who had fallen into their hands. 

The concluding address was made by Llr. Llichael Girten, president of the Ger- 
man Roman-Catholic Central ^Association. He knew hav to strike responsive 
chords in the hearts of his listeners. Mr. Girten was the only speaker of 
the evening who spoke in Genncoi, and this uae of their mother tongue was oi 
enough to win the hearts of his audience. 

"If we have done our duty toward our Government and have sacrificed every- 
thing to have our blood brothers in the old country killed, v/hy not give 


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III H Abendpost ^ Nov. 24, 1919* 

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IT nov/ to put a good and noble people back on its feet? This people can- 
not, it must not perish." 

His words nade a profound impression, as could be seen by the tension of the 
audience and by the applause which followed. Generous contributions were 
made at the conclusion of the meeting, and much of the success must be at- 
tributed to Mr. Girten^s appeal. 





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Abendpost , Nov. 20, 1919 • 



Ray Beveridge ^ 


Berlin, Oct. 21, 1919 
Derfflingerstrasse 21 

Lly dear friends I liy German-iknericansl 

At long last Ray Beveridge breaks her silence I And why have I been silent 
for such a long time? Because I, too, have suffered a breaRdown— physically 
and spiritually— along with the Gerrian people. Starvation and hardships have 
taken their toll. 

I have fought from tte very beginning against my beloved country (America) 
taking up arras against your brothers; I have condemned this hunger blockade 



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from its inception, and have held out here in Oerinany with the Germans since 
1915. But oven I came pretty close to perishing, /uid I have failed in 1113'' 
attempt, for I have done no work — nothinr, for the reconstruction of Germany. 
*;Vhy? Because I couldn't. Mrs. Hamilton, who accompanied Jane Addams over 
here, told :m that it was my duty to inform my countrymen of the misery which 
prevails in Germany. That was months ago. /aid why didn't I speak up? For 
the same reason that many German workers could not work, for the same reason 
that many prominent men in Geimany have failed since the war. In the first 
place I could not write because I was incapable of concentrating ny thoughts, 
and secondljr, I could not describe that misery because every time I visited 
the poor sections and the hospitals and saw those hungry faces, worn out with 
undescribable agony ^ 1 had to turn av/ay and leave with tears in my eyes. 
Then cane a time when someone very dear to me becaine more miserable everjr day 
due to privation. In the depth of my despair I went to the iir.ierican Red 
Cross; eveiy other week v/e v/ere allowed to purchase a food box for the 






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I G Abendpost , Nov, 20, 1919. 

American v/ar prisoners* Over a period of three nonths I watched that person, 
whom I loved so much, gain strength froii week to week, thanks to this nour- 
ishing food; and I myself felt better physically, too. But work? That ;vas 
impossible for me. 

Have you ever been unable to rema^nber names familiar to you; or read books 
and afterwards forgotten the contents? Or listened to people tallv, and heard 
only a meaningless sound? Have you ever had the feelii^ that your brain must 
have ceased functioning? Do you laiow v/hat it means to see misery and suffer- 
iig all around while you sit listlessly and do nothing? 

V/ell, my friends, that^s the way it was v/ith vour Ray Beveridge. j\nd, my 
friends, thousands of people here who really should put their shoulder to the 
v;heel feel the same as I. /uid they just can't do it. 

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I G Abendpost , Nov. 20, 1919. 

Do you know what it means to go to bed hungry, for days and for months? Do 
70U know how it feels to lie awake night after ni^ht because hunger prevents 
your sleeping? Do you knav how it feels to have to exert all the will power 
at your command to keep from snatching food like a savage animal whenever you 
see a full dinner table? I do. I knov/ hunger and I know cold. I know how 
it feels to be unable to get warm, not only because of a shortage of coal, but 
also because the body cannot retain its heat due to years of a diet without 
the necessarj' fats. r>till, my dear friends, I was a hundred times better off 
than thousands of your countrymen.. And now, God be praised, I have recuper- 
ated sufficiently to take up my work again. I ov;e my recover^'' to the food 
supplied by the American Red Cross, and to an eight-week sojouni in Bad 
Kohlgrub, followed by a two weeks • stay in the Bavarian Mountains, where I 
could get milk and good food and enjoy the fresh air. But how can my German 
brothers enjoy things like that? Certainly not those poor, hungry children, 
or the old people who sit in their cold roomsl This is equally impossible 

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I G Abendpost , l^ov. 20, 1919. 

for those lesser public servants who have always done their job so faithfully I 

I an telling you this so that you can better understand your German brothers. 
I v;ant you to understand their distress, and I am begging you now: Help and 
help quickly I 

I go begging for my dear German fella^vs who are now prostrate, I beg for 
gifts of love for the little children who go hungr:^ here, /aid I beg you to 
collect gifts in my name, and to form committees in all cities, and to mail 
these donations to the Central Relief Committee, 24 North Lloore Street, New 
York City, v;ith the request that ever^rthinr^ be forwarded to the Deutscher 
Zentralausschuss Fuer Die Amerika-IIilfe (Goiman Central Comraittee for i^id from 
America ) in Berlin. (Miss Beveridge apparentlj'' did not knav when she wrote 
this letter, that Chicago lias also a clearing house for relief contributions 
to Cei!3iany -;hich is maintained by the Deutschamarika Hilfe (Gei-man-i-iiaerican 

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I G Abendpost , Nov. 20, 1919. 

Aid Society). The address is 1610 North Park Avenue. (The / Abendpo 3t7 editor). 

I promise you that I personally will see to it that these gifts go to those ij 
who need help most. 

And I promise you another thing: The German people will go back to work as 
soon as they have regained their strength; each one will return to his assigned 
post and remain there until Germany's debts are paid, and Germany is prosperous 

And believe me, my friends, no natter v;hat you may have read, the Germans are 
no savages I Your German people are dearer to me in their hour of bitter dis- 
tress. I respect your German people even more no/'/ than during their time of 
prosperity and splendor, /md anybody who has Geritian blood in his veins can 
be proud of it, because no other people on earth could have withstood the 




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I G Abendpost > Nov. 20, 1919. 

hardships which tlB Geiman people liave sustained v/ith so much dignity and 

I know the Gorman people as no one else does, and I love then more than any- 
body else could. Therefore, assist me in the reconstruction of Germany! Help 
to re-establish the old friendship between our two peoples. 

* The author, who spent the major 
part of the war in Germany, may 
be well remembered by many readers 
of the Abendpost. The ^bendpostT" 

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Tlie Club had securou the v;ell-I:nov/n philanthropist, I'iss Jane ;,.d *.:i:, 
as sr)eal:or for the uvenintj. She r-^ive a coai:)rehen£ivc outline of conditions 
in the old country, ."^s is {:enci'allv !:nov;n, :.iss Addais has spent consider- 
able tine in CJer.iony, havin;; recently returned fron l^uropc; consequently 
she is -./ell av/are of the conditions there. Her coLuuents revealed that the 
food sitviation is deplorable. .J.1 over jiui-ope there is a ^reat shorta,L;G 


Cor.iDetent 3T)ea!:ers rave a vivid descri't:>tion of ^resent conditions in 

Gen:iany at the looted La Salle last ni^jht. Tlicy told of the distress and 

suffering of larpo sections of the population, and of t:ie evil effects 

these conditions ':ill have on the children. T^ie r.:ass meeting v/as called :tj 

by the Independent '..'oiian^s Club, of v;hich Juina I'. ^ 

Schadler is chain lan. Tne purpose of the i.ieetin^' v;as to av:a'cen public fZ 

interest in belialf of the destitute people, especially the Gerr.ian 

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v/ar orphans v;ho are suffering' acutely under present conditions. :^ 



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of fats, I'izs .-.adaiTis ^aid that in restaurants and hotels the ^TGLise is 

S'-cirni'ied froi dichv;ater and used for coohinc purposes. The lac!: of fat in 

the diet of t-.e O-erman cliildren is the reason for their undernourishir.ent 

and their enaciuted bodies. Tliese conditions existed not only :u':onc the 

poorer sections, . ut throughout the ontire coi^ntry, tiie speah"er c::plL.inod. -r:. 

I.:rs. J. '..'ilborforce 3tcu::hton, v;ho also has travelled thru Gemany recently, -^ 
;;as the next speaker. 3he is of the opinion that the :-;ii2:li3h are be^inninc o 
to realize t'lat they have done irreparable^e v.'ith their hunger blochade. 
3he spohe about the :;iil:: -hortace a::d its }io riblo consequences, and about 
the lach of bandages .'hich riade b.ospitc.1 sur:jory a dan::erous proccaa^e. 3he en 
stated that surgeons often h..d to use tissue p:\per. 

i:orc speahers appealed to the spirit of ciiarity and tlie syripathy of those 
assembled. After the speahin^- there v/as ausical entertainment. The son^s 
offered b" Tiss : ae Doe?_linr' and ..dolnh Cill deserve ST)ocial i.iention. 




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III H Abendpost , Nov. 11, 1919. 


At a meeting of representatives of the German Catholic congregations of 
this archdiocese, held yesterday afternoon in St. Peter •s Eall, reports 
were read v/hich gave proof that German Catholics of Chicago and vicinity 
are actively engaged in relieving the distress of their brothers in Germany 
and Austria. Llonseicneur Renpe v/as in charge, v/hile Father J. Strehl of the 
St. Aloysius parish acted as secretary. The report of the treasurer. Father 
J. Schiffer of St. Philomena parish, indicated that up to the present time 
approximately nine thousand dollars had been donated. I 




Furthermore, the representatives of the various comm\inities mentioned the 
collection of large quantities of clothes, shoes, and other useful articles o^ 
which v;ere ready for shipment. In order to heighten interest in the good 
cause, it v/as decided to hold a number of rallies in the various communities. 
The first of them v/ill take place Sunday night, November S3, in the St. 
Alphonsus Athenaeam, where Miss Jane Addams will deliver an address. 


IV Sonntagpost (Sunday Edition of Abendpost ) > Oct. 19, 1919. 

decidhT to consolidate 

In the Lincoln Turner Hall a well^att ended meetinr- of the Deutsch-Ainerikani- 
sche Hilfe (German-A.Tierican Aid /Societ^) took place last night for the pur- 
pose of discussing the planned consolidation with the Oesterreichisch- 
Ungarischen Hilfsgesellschaft (Austro-Kungarian Aid Society). :j 

From the arguments it became clear at once thiat the D. A. II. i^ absolutely con- <= 

vinced that the relief -.vork for destitute Germany has to be done as efficiently ^ 

and quickly as possible and that the amalgaiaation of the two great aid societies - 

is not only desirable, but, in the interest of the destitute over there as well c 

as the local German element, is almost imperative. c 

It was unanimously resolved to unite the tv;o societies. 

Dr. Otto J\^J Schmidt, the president, appointed a comirdttee which is to meet 
on Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 P. :.'. at the Hotel Randolph v;here the amalgamation 

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will be organized by a combined consolidation co/nmittee of the Genoan and 
Austrian societies. Appointed were :.:r. Frank Friedersdorf , first chaimian; 
Mr. Kurt Hildebrand, second chairman; Dr. ijrune, secretary; Dr. Gerhart, 
business manager; Josef Sieben, treasurer; Reverend Alfred .leyer and nirnst 
Kruet£en. Dr^ Schmidt, president of the D. A. H. , and Ferdinand .^alther of 
the /Austrian/ aid society will also be present at the Tuesday meeting. 

The meeting took cognizance of the death of .Reverend Kohlmann, a zealous member 
of the D. A. H., and appointed a committee to attend his funeral tomorrow. 

The financial report showed that the D. A. H. had collected about twenty-five 
thousand dollars, and had sent about three thousand dollars' worth of milk 
to Germany. For this week further milk shipments amounting to ten thousand 
dollars are scheduled. 








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lY ^TTz: TO Ti:.:: TTT^;-^-^?: 

Jane .i.ddans Describes Destitution in Ger!::an:r 

The Deutsche und C^sterreichisch-Un'^arisGhe l^ilfs/^esellsc'iaft (':erman and ^^ 

.i.ustro-:Iunr^arian -^id Society), x';orkin-* a^ain for the alleviation of dostitu- p 

tion in Oermanv after a tv;o-vear ^N^^riod of inactivit^'% lant ni 'ht arrain ^^ 

ari^ealed to the oublic, ^iTie location vvas the crov/ued hall of the Chicaro ^ 

i-incoln Club. Charles .;ac?:^er, ^r. franh >urisaulus, Jane .^dda:ls, ^onsir-nore 

rieKpe and Ilarrv :{ubens exT^ressed the sentiments of the occasion in eloquent 

terms J3Lnd created a profound response in the hearts of the audience. Vhe 

tense !aanner in v;hich the r resent representatives of the Chica/^o Creri.ian 

ele'i'ent listened to the v/ords of tiiat -reat humanitarian vom^m, the tv;o 

cler^-Vfcen, the chairmn an"l .' r. ..uhens, the sr;ontaneous and heartfelt a^';!"lause, 

and the earerness :7ith which subscriT:)tion lists v;ere si';ned at the end of the 

meetin':, v/ere u^jnistahable evidence tliat the Jociety's a-voeal to fellov/ 

citizens and compatriots to "*ive nuicklv at a tii'ie v;hen action reallv counts 


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IV has certainly not been in vain. The success of yesterday* s meeting leads 
us to believe that through the co-operation of the German element the 

Aid Society will be able to continue on an even larger scale the noble work ^ 
thev started at the outbreak of the war, the relief of the needy in Germany 
and Austria. 





Speaking in 2nglish, I^Ir. Charles .Vacker, the president of the Society, opened 
the meeting. This language v;as used by all the other speakers of the evening. 
Dr. G\msaulus gave the opening prayer. He spoke of the contributions of the ^ 
German people to the creation of the American nation. And he spoke of the 
efficacy of the spirit of peace and reconciliation. 

Mr. ^iTacker gave a brief outline of the history and purpose of the Society. 
He announced that the thirty-five thousand dollars, which remained in the 
treasury when the Society suspended operations, had been used to purchase 


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IV hospital su-^^^ieG, codliv^^r oil, and .^ov/dered mill: for r^^rir.any. -'o then 
introduced i.Ar.3 Jane .vlda^ns ar^ the first srGak:3r. 

Spontaneous a^^lau.'^e greeted :.i3s .Tane .-^ddaTiS an she made her ap^^earance — an 
expression of gratitude and adoration for this truly noble .^rerican ?/onan vjhose 
heart is full of love for all humanity. 


Jane i-i-ddams' nessa-e has l^een published in the for:n of a pha^iohlet and in ^virt in 
the daily -ress, including* the .v:^end^)Ost , but h^re, fro- the lips of this 
-iinerican anostle, in T^lain lan'-ua'-^e that found its vjay directly into the hearts, -^ 

it assumed a ne-.v rneanin" — it be ca^ne an ov^^^ appeal to the conscience of 
the world, of .vnerica, and above all, of rrerrnan-.vnerica. 

The speaker, ;:ho v/ent abroad last : ay and v/ho snent three vieeks in ^.^rrnany last 
suj^nei; talked first about her visit to the v;ar-torn regions or riorthem France and 
of the first undernourished children she saw in .ilurooe — in hille. These children 
are riven the best of care, eat the best food, and v/ear vnrrr: clothinr but 


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German children do not. 

I.liss ri/ldaT:S encountered the firr.t and .au-.trian children in .xvitzerland. 
Many families have taken these children, who are suff^^rinr froir! rnlnutrition 
and are in danger of c^'^tractin'* tuberculosis, from G-enrian and .lUstrian to^ms 
to ^ive then a fev; iveeks* rest and --ood , nouri.shin : food, /d.1 these children — 
there v/ere six hundred of them — v;ere under?/eirht , and had lost their zest for 
life. They v/ere too tired and too ^xhaustei to talk or to "^lay, the boys even 
more than the rirls. In Zurich, in the home of a v/idov; of a professor, 

riel£':ian ^irls and tv;o .lustrirm children. 

In 3v:itzerland there is not exactly an abundance of food, hothinr is v/asted. 
Tliere is neither butter nor cl.ees'^, and bread, meat, etc., have to be obtained 
on ration caris. only the children can --et all foods in sufficient quantities. 

As an exariple of German disci-^line , as Herbert ='oov«r has called it, the speaker 



Iss ^ddams sav; five of these younr: rruests v^o had become fast friends — three ^ 



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17 point^-^d cut that the foodstuffs 'ihich hooTer had r.f^nt via h'anbur^- to 
Czechoslovakia and other countries had to he unloaded and handled by fathers v/hose children 'vorc hTin-*rv. They uid it v/lllin":ly and v;ithout 
rraViblinr^ des^^ite the t»r:ntation this vast suyyly o" food ir.ust have hee^n — so 
near, and v«t so far. S 

*' .T^.at I sa'v th-^re,*' said .'. iss .vd^lams, ''Tiade :ie decide to do v\y utiiost to have ^rri 

certain foodstuffs sent to 'er-nany. 7:^^- ''"rerrian cro-Ds v/ill absolutely liave to r* 

be su-^-inl oriented bv ir^^orts, Jh'^n I ^vas there durin-'^ .Tul^% verv little came in -o 

from abroad, oince then thin *s have become a little better. o 


"In a display v;in-l07; on the nain stre^-^t in Frankfort, 1 savr a slab of .c^erican p 
bacon. .^ larre cro'.vd in front of the -.vindo'v raarveled at this kind of food ^ 

7;hich had becoir.e a rarity." 

The speaker then told of tlie riilk distribution in Terlin. : ilk is scarce, not 
onlv because-iaanv cov/s had to be slau^-htered, but also because there i 


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IV shortage of fodder. i.Vhat is left is of poor quality, and so is the milk. 
Milk production has declined to one seventeenth of the prewar production. 

Milk ration cards are issued to mothers, sick people, and to small children, ^ 
but the supply is always insufficient. ^ 

In Berlin hospitals Sinheitsessen (uniform meals) are served, which means f— 
that a high government official p:ets the same kind of food as a scrub woman. 
Each week a loaf of white bread has to be shared by ten T)atients, and a com- 
paratively small amount of soup meat is used for twenty-two hundred patients 
in one particular hospital. Dried vegetables, a brotii .aade from them, wartime ^ 
bread, and so-called "marmalade" make up a hospital diet which would hardly Dt 
restore the health. 

Professor Kayserlingk told I.'iss Addams that the increase of tuberculosis in 
Germany is alarming, and that the disease is manifesting itself in ne-x forms 
as a consequence of malnutrition and lack of fats in the diet. The lack is 
so acute that the meager suDplies are preserved in all kinds of ways. It is 


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IV even extracted from the dishwater of hotel kitchens to be used a;-;ain« 

Outvjardly "merlin looks very clean, and much the same as in former times, and • 

only the hustle and bustle around the railroad stations has disappeared. But ^> 

the destitution becomes evident when one visits the apartments of the middle ^ 

class as well as the poor. <J 


In Saxony, IJiss Addams found livin?; conditions even v;orse than in Berlin. The 2 
Chemnitz factories have been closed because of the lack of raw materials. Lone; c^ 
lines gather before soup kitchens, ^rhe sour) is made with sauerkraut, flour, i::^ 
and vegetables. viJach large kettle also contains a piece of fat the size of a 
man^s fist. The children look pitiful, except those who have relatives v;hom 
they can visit in the country. 

Destitution is especially great among the inhabitants of the ilrz^^ebirge dis- 
trict, v;here things have never been plentiful. Jith a shudder one recalls the 
terrible ^turnip time" of 1917, when turnips were the only. food obtainable. 


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IV At that time, ten out of forty children in a villa^^e school daily regur- 
gitated the vile food v/hich they were civen for breakfast. The digestion 

of the children v/as ruined, and many elderly people died. 

In some regions there is deprivation even in the homes of the wealthy. Lliss 
Addarns visited a country estate where although uniformed served the dinner, the 
mieal was far from substantial — soup made with v;artine flour, vegetables, and, 
an unheard of luxury, fruit and real rice I In a similar home, however, a compar- 
atively good supper was served. In Frankfort tlie visitor saw many refugees from 
the occupied territory'- on the left bank of the Rhine. £ 


Miss Addarns called special attention to the threat need for hospital supplies, ^j 
particularly rubber items. Jlven nipples for infants v;ere m.ade of paper until ^ 
English women asked their Ooverrjnent to perniit the importation of rubber nipples. 
Even babies vn^appings v/ere made of paper. Lany sick people cannot be given ad- 
equate treatirent because of the lack of necessary supplies. 

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lY "Mother, is it true that there are countries where one can eat anything 

one wants?" a little girl asked her mother. 

Some doctors hope that by "overfeeding" fats the dair.a^-es of malnutrition can 
be remedied, but others believe that the damage done to the younger generation 
can never be repaired. 

At any rate, much v/ill depend on hov/ much can be given and done v/ithout delay. 
The worst thinr'?: is that the children havp to go to bed crying v;ith hunger. 
That breaks the heart of many a mother v;ho would gladly deny herself everything 

In Austria, children are fed through the Hoover foundation, but they are not 
allowed to carry food home because there is not enough for everybody. The 
speaker expressed hope that in Germany, too, the school children will soon be 
fed. It is hoped that funds will soon be made available, and to supply this 
need everybody turns to America, the land of plenty. 

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17 Monsi^nor^ .ler.-ne brcu'^ht ^ood nr^'.*'r> to the audience Vvov^ .xrchbiiiho^^ 
:undelein. In r^-^ferrin" to t'^^ '^:''0-i.tne.or'. ^e^orts of the s-ea-^ir, 
.. onsir-nore .ie'^.^'e nuot^l tho .-.rohbi-iho^ ao doclarin." that all. hatt^'^d and 
rev^n-^'efuln-^oS had dir"ar^oar-'l — or nhould liavp dinaooo ar^;: , an 7:^:1:'- -and that x) 

the spirit of dhri.otian lov^, t:i^ fauniation of al.l hiraan "^^latio-nr, had '* 

returned, he adTiood bettor ijutua.l underotaiiiin^, tola^rance, and the hf 

supnression of ;;^asoionr. olaould be exercioe'l to brin." about a "•enuino r ,^con- ^^ 

struction, conr-istin- of hu^:anitarianis^. and friendship, and a co^iinon a^^ai- 50 

ration to Lho hi -h'^tiot iTieals, 

hatred and *".aline. r_e adhered to t/.e pi^inci^- le3 recently- proriul *ated by the to the vrhole -.jorld, and to the )^r:aan :ornan-'Jatholic Contral -vsoociation 
in narticular, -vhich r/ihe"^ it the 'atholic^'^. dutv to ai: the rr-Tnan nao^^le, 
.-Lccordin'^' to ..rchbi^ho" ^""undelein, tiie -Catholic ahnrch of 'vbicaro in about to 
join thi.^ relief v;orh, and next 'veeh the fift\'^ or 1:10 re ■'^■?r:aan. Oatholic -ririshes 
7/ill start o->eration5« 



.j.rchbisho^-> ^unclelein indicated that he -.jould ^--iMdl" O'^-^-'erate in destrovinr^ rd 

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r/ After the chairman had reported that during the last ten days i?22,700 had 

been received, and that $2, 700 had been collected to cover expenses, he 
urgently requested the audience to '^ive to the best of their abilities. 

Vith a voice trembling with emotion, I.Ir xRubens called to the attention of the 
audience the hardships and suffering of the coming mnter in Germany and 
Austria, There will be a shortage of coal and many other necessities in 
hospitals and homes, and in spite of that fifteen thousand dairy cows and forty ^ 
million tons of coal have to be turned over to the Entente* The speaker pointed '^ 
out that even if sixty million dollars were raised in America that xvould be less 
than one dollar per head for Germany* s and Austria *s population of seventy- two 
million. Unless they are assisted within a short time these poor people are 
doomed to perish; in such conditions a revolution borne of despair constantly 

The meeting adjourned after Kr. ;/acker had expressed the hope that everyone 
would pitch in and help, and that the resultant success would do the Aid 




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Although no arranpieinents had been made to take up a collection, many people 
made contributions as they left the hall. The cash and the signed pledges 
amounted to $26,269.25, 





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'»!,!other, is it true that there are countries v^here children can eat as much 
as they want?** 


Last night in the Chicago Lincoln Club, during a description of distress in 

Germany, Miss Jane Addams told an audience that an ei^c-ht-year-cld German child 

had asked that question, but she did not tell us what the answer was, ncr what g 

her ovm reaction had been. Ilor were v;e to' d just what impression this childish 

question made on her audience — what thourhts, emotions, or decisions v^ere 

prompted by it. But we dc know, just the s-rmo. "^very mother knows, e\^ery father Si 

knows; in fact, every human bein^ with a sympathetic heart should know. Only 

a quick comparison or the profound distress in Germany with the still relatively 

abundant way of livinr over here — a little shame and remorse—and the decision 

is made: to give, to hel"^^ as much as possiblel 



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The amount that was spontanecusly f^iven or subscribed to last nicht — no arrange- 
ments had been made for the acceptance of contributions and pled^res — is only 
a small fraction of the sum which is rroinr to be e^iven by those who had the ^ 
privilere of listeninf^ to Miss Addams and I'onsirnore ^enpe. The amount of money ^ 
which the manv warm-hearted German- A^ieri cans and German sympathizers v;ould -n:: 


wlllin^lv rive can hardlv be overestimated. r* 

The willingness to give is there. ThB time has come for tho harvest, the g 
harvest of dollars from a well-fed ChicfifO and America to restore the health ^ 
and strength and to preserve the lives of thousands of starving German and ^ 
Austrian children, to five these children, who have had to po hungry as long ^^^ 
as they cen remember, an o^po^-tunit^^ to eat their fill so that they can be- 
lieve that during all those years there really were countries where "children 
could (alv/ays) eat as much as zhey liked**. 

How to reap the harvest, quickly to gather the quarters and dollars, singly 


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and by the thousands, and to put them to work for the noble Tnirnose of relieviner 
distress in Oemany — this must be done at oncel And the job has to be done 
thoroughly. VHio does it or how it is done makes little difference, as long 
as it is done v^ell, so that every dollar fu''ly benefits thrse in need. ^ 

The Deutsch-Anerikanische Hllfsgesellschaft (German-American Aid Society) is F= 
active and operatinr favorably, and so are the Austro-HuniP-arian Aid Society w 
and the German Children's Shoe Relief Fund. In addition, the '^old** German and ^ 
Austro-Hun^arian Aid Society has resumed its activities and the beginning is S 
auspicious. All these organi7ctions ar^ working* toward the same objective, ^ 
and success for each individual orp'anization means success for the good cause, 
and therefore success for all. ^Competition is the life of trade,*' as the say- 
ing ffoes. In charity, too, comnetition may be an incentive and may heirrhten 
success. ''To m.arch in separate columns and to defeat the enemy together," 
was supposed to be the formula of the great military strater'ist ?'oltke. Since 
we all — all Americans of German descent — have the s'^me goal, a separate route 
may also be of value to our cause. But this will only be true providing we 
march under the same high command of friendly understanding and intelligent 


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co-cperation, to f-uarantee our mutual support, and to avoid waste of enev^j. 

The tine is here. The chances are excellent. Great success is possible. 
Those who hav3 organized the various aid societies or who have been put in 
charf^e by their trusting fellow citizens are also responsible for the success. 
It is their duty to conduct and to organize ohe movement in such a wav that 
the success will be as great as we anticipate. They will have to confer and 
agree upon ways and means which will satisfy the demands of the general public 
— demands that personal interef^ts must not i^lay a part, and demnndr, for proof 
that every dollar is used efficiently, quickly, and exclusively for the bene- o£ 
fit of those for vjhom it is intended. 


It may be difficult to establish such an organization. But the intention to 
do so is sincere — it has to be in view of the objective to be attained — and 
the job will be done. In the meantime—it may be a few days, even weeks before 
the organization gets going — everybody should send his contribution to the 
society which he prefers. After all it makes little difference to v/hich 

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organization the money is donated. They ere all equally trustworthy; the 1 

important issue is that the contributions como in quickly and in generous amountsl ^ 1 

One dollar ^iven now is worth one hundred ^iven next April or May. ^-^ 

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ni tej. ii:^L!i OF iniLMiiTYi 


There is a "too early" — as there is a "too late". The .vords "too late" are 2 

anonp; the saddeat of any languace. "^perience, as v;oll as the history of both -rr^ 

man and nations, proves that a "too earl^r^' ri^iv be just is bid and just as full r; 

of tragic conseauonces as the "too late". -o 


"Too early" — ;;a can read it on the to.^bstone of nany a gifted inventor or r-enius ^ 

who died poor, inglorious, and embittered, sinply because he was ahead of his S 

time '.vith his inventions, his ideas, or his teachings. These words are explana- ^ 
tion for so much fruitless effort, so many lost b-ittles  nd campaigns. 

And most of the time it takes more courayo to avoid a "too early" thtin to pre- 
vent a "too late". 

The heart and the head — emotion and reason — guide the actions of ::ian. jinotion 



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seeks expression and desires iiinediate ciction^ Reason ponders and hesitates, 
lool^s into the future and reflects. 

Reason is responsible for •: ''too lato" v;hon quick action in called for; sen- ^ 
tir.ient may be blamed for a ^'too carl:;''. f^ 

In the v/ar history of nations wo can read often enoufji: "Tlie troops, full of ^g 
enthusiasn and fir^htinr sr^irit, and tired of long v;aitinr:, desired nothing £ 
better than to enr:a':'e the enerrr. "Rut the i-^ener-il knew hov; precarious his posi- ^ 
tion v/as and resolved to v/ait for reinforcements. But finally he yielded to 
the persistent de-nands for action :md— his nmy v/as beaten and dispersed, and 
the campaicn /;hich had begun '.-ith such promise ended ;;ith a tragic defeat. 
The attack had been launched "too e-rly". 

The Geman people v/ere in 'vant; they had suffered and their destitution v;as great 
in 1917, v;hen Germany »s armies still held all fronts victoriously against the 


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Abend T)03t, Get, 0, 1910. 

"T^o rdsery of the Gernan paoplo ^rev; nore intensa as the cirmies broke dovjn 

and v;ere pushed bad: in the fall of 1918. The suffering v/as beco.iinr: noro ^ 

acute than over before v.hcn the dele--:ates subnittcd to the terms of 5 

the /iTmistico in :Tovenber, pr 


But today, eleven months aft jr the siniin^? of the /jnistice, the distress -t? 

and miser:: of the Germiin people are creitest. It is greater than daring: the § 

lonn v/ar years — c^'oater than ..t the time ':n\on the representatives of the people ^ 

were forced to sif^n the Armistice, and later the Teace Tre-^ty. Today the suf- S 
ferin^ of the Gorman an' the .Austrian people ha.s become unbearable, v;ith no 
help in si^htl 

Americans of Gerrrian descent have either knovm or suspected the plicht of the 
Germ-in people and have pitied then. ^Ind all the time they v;antod to help them 
so badly; they iv.antod to follov; the dictates of their hearts. 

But during 1917 and 1S18, as lone as the strucslo lasted, their American citizen- 
ship compelled them to sacrifice, to join in the fi^-ht anainst Germany, and to 


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suppress all emotions of compassion for the suffering German people, 'lien the 
war Vi-as concluded, they could give free rein to their pity for their suffering 
brothers over there, but they restrained their impatient hearts — they somehow 
managed to restrain themselves, in the hope that peace would come soon and they 
would be at liberty to act. ^ 


This hope was disappointed, reace was delayed and the stringent war measures ^ 
remained in force; the distrust against all those v»ho were suspected of being S 
German sympathizers disappeared very slowly and hostile elements never missed ^ 
an opportunity to look for j^in excuse to fan the flames again. So the word was 
to wait patiently. Disappointed in their hopes and expectations, tormented by 
their grief over the suffering German people, German-Zuaericans were still ham- 
pered by war restrictions and were afraid that the time to start relief action 
on a large scale had not yet arrived. They were afraid that such action on be- 
half of their suffering brothers and the destitute and starving GermcJi women and 
children would be branded as German "propaganda,'^ that the beneficial process of 
a gradual change of sentiment toward things German would be disrupted and they 
themselves would be endangered and regarded as obnoxious, and, most important. 

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that the good cause of the starvin^^ and suxfering Gorman and Austrian ivomen and 
children would suffer a serious setback. Tliey disregarded the deiiiands of their 
hearts because they thought it v/as ''too early". 

This apprehension was justified. The danger did exist, but it does not now. 



The emotions have calmed. The artificial hatred created by propaganda has just 
about run its course. The truth will out. People realize nov; that many things ^ 
told them had no foundation in fact, and that the Garman people were the scape- 
goat rather than the culprit. The^r realize that the German people are the bul- 
wark of westam j:urope and .'jijrica against the subversive influence of eastern 
Europe — that today they suffer more than ever before and are in danger of being 
lost unlejs they aro given some kind of assistance. 

Nov/ there is no longer any danger of being "too early". Nov/ is the time to act, 
to render prompt and vigorous assistance, if a "too late" is to be avoidedl 

Now one can no longer dara to brind or even to suggest that relief action and 

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generour. contributions to aid the starving woirien una cliildren of Gerjiany and 
Austria are Gerrian propaganda or un-;unerican activity. 

To vjork liard, to give generously, is nov; i\meri-;an in the best sense of the v.ord, 
for charity and the iirjnodiate alleviation of dictrecs, especially in the case of 
suffering women and children, alv/ays v;as and still is a ty.:ically American S 
characteristic. '~^ 

Our fellow citizen:: of ;m,c-,lo-3axon stock v;ill no longer reproach and suspect 
i\mericans of G-einan lineage if they raise millions for the alleviation of dis- 
tress among the German people. Tliey will even lend a hand for this purpose, 
and ^hey will be disappointed if instca.: of millions only thousands of dollars 
are collected, and if the names of especially wealthy men and woMen either are 
missin^ from the subscription lists or only appear for small amounts. 

How is the ri^ht time for the concerted action viiich 2:ius1: follow the preliminar:,^ 
skii^mishes. All hands on dec]: and let*s all pull to --ether I 




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/^benunor: I , Oct. 9, 191C. 

The slogan is: Solicit anc subscribe, A dollcir given nov; is v;orth a iiundred ^ 

dollars r.iven a year fron nov;. Ten thousand dollurs nov; meiin salvation for a ^ 

hunared children — ten thousand dollars six months frorri nov; could not bring ^ 

back the life of one chilci vjho died fi-om starvitlDn in January or February. 5 




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I a Abendpost , Cct. 7, 19 19. 

The Coliunbia and the Lake View 'omens' Clubs are willin,^- to do their share 
to alleviate the destitution of the children in Oerrnanv. r^s their current 
contribution, they havB decided to -purchase two hundred dollars' ivorth of 
foodstuffs and clothin/* for the needy youn.'-stors. 

In addition, the tv;o clubs have asked their menbers to contribute clothes 
and shoes, old or new, to the ^ood cause. It is iiiioerati ve to f:ive aid at 
once, for an immediate contribution is doubly valuable* Contributions by 
nonnembers are also gratefully accented. Throu-h the help of one -gentle- 
man, the clubs have already received many u::eful .^ifts for the r.ood purpose, ^ 
l-Tm ./etterlin';^, 1334 Barry .^vonue, will acce^^t contributions for the clubs. 



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Development Of A Charity ^^ 

I — 

The willing and extensive participation which our appeal for co-operation and X 

support by Americans of German descent in Chicago has elicited, and the ever- S 

increasing interest viiich the movement has evoked, urges us to make the follow- ^ 

ing explanation with reference to the aims and activities of the Deutsche g 

I^lriegswaisenhilfe (German Aid for V/ar Orphans). ^ 

The movement began during the v/ar under the name "Soldaten Hilfe'^ (Soldiers^ 
Aid). This was a society which consisted of a fev; American ladies of German 
descent v/ho zealously endeavored to relieve the misery among German soldiers, 
gladly contributing their mite to this great charity. At first, only especially 
needy soldiers, principally the ones v/ho had no relatives, v;ere the recipients 
of aid from the organization. 

After the armistice v/as declared, a desire v/as felt to make our efforts more 

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effective and to extend them to the innocent victims of the war, especially 

to the widows and orphans of our severely tried and chastened fatherland. 

Thus •'Soldatenhilfe** became '^Deutsche Xriegswaisenhilfe*'. ^ 

Only a few, who gathered in the hone of Mrs. Anna Schaedler, joined in this 

noble work at first. Bolts of flannel and other materials v/ere made into 

shirts, skirts, aprons, coats, trousers, stockings, etc. for these unfortunate g 

people abroad. -^^ 

The good undertaking soon showed results, and in order to make room for the 5^ 
ever-increasing number of diligent coworkers. Doctor Link T:l*iced his spacious 
hall at our disposal* Soon a hundred articles of one kind could be sent in- 
stead of only one; and, through money collected for the purpose, hundreds of 
pairs of shoes were purchased and shipped. The first consignment, which has 
just nov7 reached Holland on its way to Berlin, was valued at ^6*500. 

As time passed the number of ladiss who gave of their time and money increased 

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I G Abend post , Sept. 27, 1919, 

to such an extent that it was eigain necessari'- to procure more room, and again 

a generous man, Mr* Theodore Wilkins, permitted us to use, gratis, an entire i^ 

floor of the building at 169 North Clark Street. Here all German ladies who ^' 

wish to do so can contribute their labor to this ^-yorthy charity. Work tables F^ 

and machines, have greatly facilitated the work. Financial aid also is in- ^ 

creasing. Those vdio cannot come to sew, can co-operate by collecting money. ^ 

Our treasurer, Mrs. Kaete Goldberg, who lives at 4538 Hazel Avenue, is ready 2 

to furnish all necessary information and collection books, and will also ^ 
gladly receive donations. 

We acknowledge receipt of the following contributions: 

January to August $245.15 

Play at a theater 612.01 

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Individual contributors /names omitted in translation^ vl?Bo.50 

Collected by Mrs. Gladziek, 51.00 ^ 

•♦ ^ llTS. Xurz, 25.00 ^ 

n n ft Priester, ;30.00 F 

*» ^ •• Hess, 85.00 C 

•^ ^ ^ Puscheck, 134.00 2 

^ ^ ^ Scheunemann , 95,00 £ 

^ " « Goldberg, 36.50 ^ 

" " •• Keuffar, 105.00 !^ 

^ •• " Fuchs, 122.00 

*• " ~ Sieler, 33.00 

 « w Kramer, • 66.00 

"^ ^ F. Schadar, 10.00 


*• M. Reimel, 50.00 

« " A. Wolf, 100.00 

Card party, 800.00 


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I G Abendpost > 3e:'t. .v:, 191 r^. 

IV . 

Mass Meetinc of The Gernian-i\inerican Aid 

^'Man should be noble, ready to help, and coodj" That was the motto of those 
v;ho assembled for a neetinc in V/icker Park Hall last evening at the invitation 
of the German-Ainerican Aid. The attendance could have been rnuch better, but 
the enthusiasm v;as unsurpassable. Inspirinc addresses by the speakers of the 
evening intensified the spirit of sacrifice 



Ivlr. Frank Friedensdorf , the chairman of the Society, opened the meeting and 
introduced the first speaker, Dr. H. Gerhard, the business manager of the German- '^-^ 
i'jaerican Aid, who pointed out that /jaericans of German descent had been made v/ary £i: 
by certain happenings in connection v/ith previous collections. In order to avoid 
any suspicion, he explained the activity of the Aid. He stated that the greatest 
need in Germany is milk for infants. Pie said that three weekly shipments of one 
hundred pounds of pov/dered milk have been for^.varded to the Food l.Iinistr3'' at Berlin; 

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and that official body has been requested to notify the Aid of the receipt 
of these shipments. He also said that one hundred packages of this milk are 
sufficient to feed twenty-five hundred infants for a v;eek, and that the amount 
sent each week would be increased. Later, fats also will be sent. These ship- 
ments are to be consigned to the various mayors for distribution to public 
kitchens \;hich are beinc established tlirou^^hout Germany and Austria. i\merican 
citizens of German parentage are thus attempting to aiou^:; for sins cormiitted 
against the German people. 

The Americans of Geman descent have been guilty of a great sin of omission, 
Dr. Gerhard declared, "namely that of failing to protest against the continued 
blockade which left unspeakable misery'' in its ;:ake, especially in the 2rz Gebirge, 
where ninety per cent of the children under one year of age died of rickets. 
There, weeds are the only available food — if one can call weeds food. Liost of 
the children cannot attend school because they have no clothing, and they run 
about the country'' looking like skeletons." 



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I G Abendpost , Sept. 20, 1919. 


Attorney Leopold Saltiel, v;ho was the next speaker, said: 

'*Let us not relax our efforts in behalf of this ^reat charitable v;ork« It is 
impossible to describe the full scope and the degree of the nisery. Immediate 
and extensive help is necosf3ar:v''. The V/orld Jar was a conspiracy of capitalists. ^ 
German steel industries v/ere a thorn in the side of our steel inagnates v/ho suc- 
ceeded in obtaining control of steel production." 

help, and tiiat ;;e can help. Ke ]X3inted out that the survey made by Hoover showed 
that the need is greatest in the industrial centers. Despite that fuct, the 
Peace Conference dem^mded one hundred and sixty thousand milk cov/s from Germany. 

The contributions amounted to ^i;189.25, the poultry raffle yielded s?141.25, and 
.ip31.50 was received from the sale of buttons. The Junker llaennerchor contributed 


» 1 1 
Reverend .JXred Lieyer emphasized the fact that v;e must help, that v;e vK?.nt to :5o 


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I G Abendpost > Sept. 20, 1919 • 

IV ,, 
$20, the Schiller Liedertafel, $90, the Schiller Ladies Auxiliary, ^10, 

and R* Bwald, |26, making a total of more than ^500 contributed to the good 

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Abandpogt , Sept. 18, 1919. 

Crr.H.!:;II-:'Ji£CPJC;J^I AID 

The GenTvin-Araerican j\xd acknov/lodgas receipt of the following contributions: 

^ist of names and amounts not r^iven7 

Total 4 1,288.43 

Praviously ac^mov/ledi^sd. . . 11,594.33 
Grund totul 1:3,953.81 (sic) 

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Sonntagpost (Sunday Iditioti of Abend post ) . Sept. 14, 1919. 

G2HiJI-;0.i:JPJ0.j; AID 

The Geman-ATiarican Aid uclcnov/ledcss receipt of the follovv'in{5 contributions : 

/List of na.Ties and amounts not given/ ^ 

Total C 813.90 1= 

Frsvioaslv ac]:nov;l3dt:::3d. . . . 10,780,4C <^ 

Grand total 11,594.38 ^ 




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I Or Abenr!T^0 3t , :3eT^t. 9, 1919. 

o:!:R?.:iN-A:."^:Ric^: .^id 

The CrerTnan-.jnerican .-j.ic! acknov/ledr-^es receipt of the follo\\rinr contributions, 

' .-' ^ V_' 

September 6 

Franz For)ers>i 31.90 

Ctto Iluensch, list 309 30.00 

K. Rer^enniac:, list 21 537.50 

3chles\vig-T^olstein Oe^^enseiti^er Unterstuetzun,^syerein 

(::utual .Ud 3ociety) "1.00 

Paul Ludv;ig , 5.00 

Jeptember 8 

Frank Fiscus, list 24 ;^52. 00 

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.-^b end post , "e^to 9, 1919. 

C. F. ;. Hlisenburr^, Jtaunton /er^t Virginia "''.lO^OO 

Section '^3, Ger!;en3eiti'::er Unterstuetzunnsverein . • . 10.00 
Section 1, *' '' ... 70.00 

Reverend C. :.'. Lehrann, 4th collection 176.00 

Reverend ^eidenberp;, list 76 • 54.50 

*' ** monthly donation 5.00 

Reverend :^. Tenzel. 113.00 

Reverend ./illian "nreitenbach 58.00 

-.:rs. Zlizabet Danz4n.^<er, list 51 25.00 

** " '' list 52 , 32.00 

Received for Deutsch-Zcierikanische I'ilfe ( German-. xnerican 

Aid) buttons 3.75 

Ilrs. ^"j.imst Cstrov/Ski, list 3 23.00 

" " •» list 56 24.50 

" •' " list 54- 27.00 

.^. 3tahr, list 43 . . 72.00 


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I a .^bend-ost > 'levt. 0, 1919. 

r:rs. ruehne •:100.00 

Hermann .i. r.rue.^er, list 60 156,00 

"' list 11^:2 45.10 

'' ^ li-.t 11-^3 9. CO 

" '' list 1134 '^0.40 

" '' liot 11^5 12.00 

..Ib^-^rt i:ruo-er, list TdP 122.10 

list 59 13.15 

'' " list 11^-^? 24.00 

" list 11P9 12.50 

li^iil l.'eyer, list IP 54.00 

Otto Frihrentholz, list G 11.00 

./illiam Ha-1er, list 5 17.00 

Flattdeutsche Oilde Ceckenboor^, list 55 77, OC Dn :::iizabeth ':«yer, list 59 54.00 

_ji.lJ-.^L><^i.>J.^O_vZ/<.I . . . • . . . . . • . • • • • • • • • X'.'-/ 

Total ''14^7.10 (sic) 

Toe LJieben, Treasurer.. 


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Since ":e have connectionr. -'ith the "^errian Food Ministry an''l our o^vti office 

in Ha^nbur-'-, v;e can 'guarantee deliver'.'' or refund of \'our :.onov. ;'o other X 

firm that advertises deliver:^^ of "oac".:a"e5 to Oeii:;an3'' is as -/ell organized ^ 

as 've are, .\.t the ^resent tr'ie '.^e have fifty thousand cases, each one 

containing-: tlie articles listed belo'v, en route to Ha^'ibur^-, ..'e make delivery 

on the sane day on 'vhich v^e -receive your order, Crders are sent to Hamburg 

daily, ^Jend us ^^our orders, and vour friends v/ill not hav-^ to v;ait. 

For ten dollars vou ray order: tvjelve rounds of rye flour, five pounds of 
Crisco shortenin"^, five rounds of rice, four ^^ounds of excellent coffee, 
five one-^ound boxes of condensed r.ilk. 

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I G iibendj^ost , 3e7)t, 5, 1919, 

For eighteen dollars you nay order: one haT: (about ten pounds), four poundc 

of pork, three "oounds of bolorna sausar^e, on^ hundred bouillon capsules, 

three cans (three T>ounds) of corned beef, five ^>ounds of lard, one ^^int of ^ 

razola oil, ^ 


All -^oods are of first-class quality. C 

Send us ten dollars by cbeclr, costal or express noney order. ie pay for 2 


^TQCkinp*. fees, marine insurance and freight to Germany, Our firm was rj> 

founded in 1905 and is Vjio'.vn ov-'^r the entire ^*rorld, .'e have established a trj 

department to assist German-. jneri cans in sendinr food to their former 
homeland. /e estimate the exact cost of the -^^oods and make no allo^':ance 
for a profit. 

Send your orders and payments to our Brooklyn office. 

The International rress .^.ssociation, Department 17, 
367 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York. 


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Id Abondpost Aug^ 29, 1919. 

D, A. II~Gi:;Rr.LJI-A}vIi^}aaU^ .\ID 
Purpose and Plan 

(A short time ago, the Abondpost -.vas requested to devote its columns to the 
German-American Aid, and to support the organization as much as possible. 
The answer was: Gladly, under the condition that you explain the object and 
the program of the organization. For you demand the confidence of the public, 
and you v/ill obtain the full measure of their confidence only if the people 
are convinced that your cause is a worthy one, thut your organization is re- 
liable, and that the needy persons in v/hoso benefit your efforts are made v;ill 
receive all gifts which may be contributed. These conditions were met by Dr. 
J. II. Brune, acting secretary of the German-.-unerican Aid. About a v/eelc ago we 
received a letter from him which we did not Immediately publish because we ^ 
thought it expedient to furnish, along v;ith his missive, a complete list of 
contributions v;hich he had received. Several days were required to compile this 
list, and we received it today.) 

Object and Program of the German-i\merican Aid 


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I G Abendpost , .lUg. 29, 1919. 

To the "Editor of the Abendpost , 
Chicago, Illinois, 

Dear Sir*: Mr. C. Hildebrandt, a raember of the executive board of our Aid So- 
ciety visited you and reported that you v/ill be clad to use your publications, 

the Abendpost and the Sonntagpost , in the service of that good cause — German- ^ 

.American Aid, — thus rendering valuable assistance in r.iaking our charitable en- ^ 

deavors successful; but that ^'-ou as-: for some sort of credentials — that is, ^ 

you want to know about our aims, our finances, our program, and our ultimate £7 

method of distributing gifts. 3 


On August 15, the German-Ameri cun Aid, by unanimous resolution, commissioned me ^ 
to send you the desired information. 


The object of the German-Zunerican Aid is to collect money for th needy people 
in Germany. Our members are Americ-ms of German descent cind they are unselfishly 
devoting their time and money to lighten the burden of the unfortunates in the 
"old country". They expect and ask no remuneration whatsoever. 

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I G AbaudpQ3t , Aug. :39, 1919. 

'.Vhen v;e organizsd, several plans to render immGdiata iielp v/ere submitted to us, 
as, for instance, to charter cargo space in ships and fill this space v.lth food 
to be sent abroad. But money, as ;.'ell as the necessary transportation facilities, 
was lacking. Later, we decided to bu-' meat and lard v/hich local packers held in 
storage in HotterdaiTi and ^\ntv/erp, and ship these corjiodities to Germany via in- 
sured railroad freight. Meanwhile the packers informed us that they could make ^ 
no more shipments from storage housos in Rotterdam and /uitwerp. This infoimation 5 
was verified by the well-substantiated nev/s that the Gorman Government had pur- <^ 
chasod all meat and lard supplies on credit contract, and had immediately shipped r" 
them to Germany. ' -rj 

In the meantime, we wrote to the Ministry of Food in Berlin, and requested that '^ 
office to inform us what goods were most needed and to what address they could S 
be sent. '.Ve have not yet had an ans^vvor to our letter. ^ 

Hence we decided to deposit all money contributed to the cause, and to defer any 
large disbursement until the respective coiruoissions arrive from Germany and 

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I G Abendpost , Aug. 29, 1919. 

We have infoiuiation that members of these coriimissions v/ill be hare soon and will 
take over the v;ork of buying floods, so v/e resolved to assist them in every pos- 
sible way, and to place the money which we receive at their disposal, since they 
undoubtedly know best what to buy, how much, and ivhere to send purchases. 

Hence our chief object is to gather funds. 

If, in the meantime, official appeals cone from Germany or Austria for articles 
which are immediately necessar:/, such as powdered milk, etc., v^e shall, of course, 
heed the request by making a shipment of the required goods. 

V/e now have a balance of 0^,092.42 in our treasur:^. *7e or.^anized only a short ^ 
time ago; our contributions come from the common people, and, though the cause 
is a good one, the individual amounts given are small. Hov/ever, with the help 
of the German press and the willing efforts of the members of the German-i\j]ierican 
Aid, our balance will undoubtedly increase greatly. 

As soon as our organization is completed, the machine well oiled and working well, 
we shall bend our efforts to securing contribution'^ from the v/ealthier classes 


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also. v;3 shall also tr^'- to obtain well-lmown persons for work on tho various 
commit toes. So far the elite have evinced no interest in the cause—very likely 
because they deem it expedient to be cautious for the time being, so as not to 
run into any difficulties /;ith the authorities enforcing the espionage laivs, 
v/hich are still in effect. 

Be that as it may, we are coing for./ard. 

We have divided the city of Chicago into five zones and placed an organizer in 
each zone. It is his duty to solicit contributions, keep records of them, ar- 
range mass meetings, and address the ►i/Atherings, endeavoring to induce all who 
show any sympathy or interest to join in the cause. These organizers report 
regularly in committee meetings, exchange experiences, and request advice to aid 
them in efficient perfoimanci of their duty. For the present the state of Ill- 
inois Lxad adjoining states i^T3 being v;orked by a committee of businessmen. ;7e 
have an information bureau where the general public can obtain advice and direct- 
tions on packing and shipping procedure, //e also try to put senders in touch 
with merchants v;ho sell "the best for the least,'* so that the buyer receives as 


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I G Abendpost , Aug. 29, 1919. 

much as possible for his money, V/e shall also establish places where all kinds 
of clothing may be deposited. These depots v;ill be under the supervision of 
committees consisting Ox ladies mo ;;ill be assisted by men in sorting, packing, 
and shipping. 

I wish to add that, beginning in the first week of Septembar, v;e shall hold mass 
meetings in v/hich able speakers will explain the aims of, and the need for, this^ 
movement. Our committee on halls has already viewed q lite a number of auditor- ^ 
iurs, and has rented several of them for future use. Various choral societies f^ 
in different parts of the city have promised their co-operation. <^ 

So you see, Mr. Mueller, a soimd foundation has been laid, and it is up to the 
press to aid in the movement, v;ithout respect to political, personal, or relig- 
ious convictions. 


Gorman- American Aid, 

Doctor J. II. Brune, Secretary pro tempore. 



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I G Abendpost . Aug. 29, 1919. 

Received in tha neoting held on July 15: 

Mrs. Olga '.Valsh .-^ 25.00 

Frank Sienann ok 

Received in the meeting held on July 23: 

Karl Kruse, Tomahawk, V/isoonsin .j 50,00 

Peter Issel ' 1.00 

Received from July 18, to August 24: 

Teutonia Ladies Club 3 50.00 

j\lbert 'lulz 2.00 

For Gormany^s Infants 
In accordance with the principle, "a dollar today is worth ten tomorrow,'' our 


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I G Abendpost , Aug. 29, 1919. 

board of xnanaGsrs, which mot yesterday, decided to ship a quantity of first- 
class, pulverized milk to Germany, rivery week one hundred packages of this 
milk, enoug-i to feed twenty-five hundred infants for a v/eek, ./ill be sent to 
the Ministry of Food at Berlin, and later a like amount v;ill be forwarded to 
the authorities at Vienmi. /js soon as contributions incrense, the quantity 
of milk will be increased. The board of mcinagers hopes to be able to send one 
thousand packages weekly, instead of only one hundred. 

Purchase of Milk Cows 

It is knovm generally that a nuraber of prominent j\m8ricanG of O^rman parentage 
have organized for the purpose of buying milk cov/s for Gcnuany, t-^ corapensate 
for the loss of cows sustained through the inhuman Treaty of Versailles. Nat- 
urally it will require quite a bit of time to carry out this proposal. So, 
since there is ur^^ent and widespread need, and the least hesitation may cost 
precious young German lives, it is necessar:/ to supply good milk inmediately. 

As soon as the most ur^^ent need is adequately met, wo v/ill proceed to furnish 

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I G Abendpogt , Aug. ^9, 1919. 

3uffici3nt fats for the hungr:;'. Tho idea is to render assistance in tme to 
prevent many deuths from tho '^I^nglish sickness''. 

The following ladies ./ere active in behalf of this cause at the picnic given by 
the Sv/ablan Society: I.!rs. J. !I. Brune, Urs. Elly './jttmann, Mrs. linilie Kunz, 
Mrs. Jette Ste^er, Mrs. Groorge ?eht, Mrs, ^Ima V.eissmantel, Mrs. Carl Paddock. 

The amount of Hl*42 was realized througli ^he -rale of flowers domted by Peter 
Reinberg, and ;|i354.50 was obtained through the sale of buttons, toiu the pay- 
ment of dues. 

This evening a mass meeting v/ill be held in Laschober^s Hall, 52nd Street and 
Ashland Avonue. 

Tomorrow evening, at 8 o'clock there will be a massmeetin^; in Ottawa, Illinois. 

On Monday, September 1, a picnic v/ill be heli at Starved Rock, to org.mize the 
cities of Utica, LaSalle, and Peru. 



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Abendpost , '..'ay 15, 1919. 


The V/elfare Go-'maittee For Prisoners of .Var 

translator's note: This is a reprint of an article which a:_^pear9d in the 
issue of April 3rd, 1919, and \vas translated during the last v;eei^ of i.^ay, 
1940. The reprint contains a list of additioiial subscribers, and is hare- 
.vith subuitted.7 

Received for the 'Welfare Coiriinittee for Prisoners of "Jar fron: 

Paul VJenzel 


Previously acknov/ledged 

Grand total 

.1 5.00 


■i? 1109.50 

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Abendpost , ::ay 15, 1919 • 

?. H. 3 Bundles 

^■^« ^'}» 1 Bundle 

The Abendpost acknov/ledces receipt of the follov/in^ contributions .'ihich v,/ill 
be disbursed by the Gernan Society: 


Arthur Lipka ^ l^pp ^ 

Total 1^00 ^" 

Previously aoknov/ledged 302.00 fr- 

Grand total t^ 303.00 b- 


I G 

Abendpost , liiay 8, 1919. 


The following contributions to the V/elfare Committee for War Prisoners have been 

G. Pahlke $ 1*00 F 

Ijiagaret Steinbach • 5.00 ^ 

John Schuster •••••••••••• 2.00 o 

Fritz Smolinski • 2.00 ^ 

J. P. A • 12.50 ^ 

Total 22.50 ^' 

Previously acknov/ledged. •••••• 1,000.00 

Grand total $1,022.50 


G. Pahlke*. • ....•.*...•.• 1 bundle 

A. D... 2 bundles 

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Abendpost . May 8, 1919. 

The Abendpost acknov/ledges receipt of the following contributions which will 
be distributed by the Deutsche Gesellschaf t (German Society) : 

A. Quasthoff ;| 5^00 

John De Busi s^qq 

Total § 7.00 

Previously acknowledged 295.00 

Grand total ..^ ^00.00 

Charles Pijfergen i bundle 



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Abendpost , May 3, 1919 



The following contributions to the Welfare Committee for V/ar Prisoners have 
been received: 

Mrs. Paul Goetschke | 2.00 

Mr. Paul Goetschke 2.00 

Robert Deckwerth o.OO 

Doctor A, Anger 10.00 

Total 3 19.00 

Previously acknov/ledged ; ^e97,QQ 

Grand total S916.00 

The Abendpost acknov/ledges receipt of the following contributions which will be 
distributed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft (German Society): 

Mrs. John Roehr. $ 2.00 

Mrs. Charles Pergande 2.00 


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Abend post > May 3, 1919. 

Mrs. Charles Klockzien 2.00 

Phillip Niebel 5.00 

Robert Deckwerth 5.00 

Total ;^ 16.00 

Previously acknowledged $258.00 

Grand total :i274.00 

Mrs. Helene Schmidt • 1 bundle 


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The following contributions to the Welfare Ccraaittee for War Prisoners have 
been received: 


Mrs* Sophia Farnum $12*50 r; 

Schleswig-Holsteiner Gegenseitiger Unterstuetzungsverein -d 

(Mutual Aid Society) 25.00 o 

T. T 2.00 "" 

Total |39 . 50 

Previously acknowledged 809.00 '-" 

Grand Total 848.50 

Thm Abendpost aclmowledges receipt of the following contributions ndiich will 
be distributed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft (Germsai Society): 

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Mrs. Sophia Famum $2,50 

Doctor J. Kunst ''^ 

P. Eamp I'OO 

R. W. Eaortenburg 25.00 

George Meyer ^'^ 

A. E. Ch s 5.00 

Total H6.00 

Preriously acknowledged ... 3196.00 

Grand total *242.00 


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^OOTRIBUTIONS TO VffiLF.'^i; G0l2iirr22 FOR FRI301I2RS OF W.i^ 

The following contributions have been received for the V/elfare Committee for 
V/ar Prisoners: 

C. B... ^ 50«00 

Herman Scholz ••••••• •••• 10«00 

Miss J. Knollmiller •••• • 5«00 

Miss Kati Adolf 5>00 

Total... ••••««••••• 4 70.00 

Previously acknowledged 681.00 

Grand total. $751.00 


M. N 1 bundle 

N. N 1 bundle 

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The Abendpost acknowledges receipt of the following contributions which will 
be distributed by the Deutsche Gesellschaf t (German Society) : 

A. A '4 1*00 

N. N 5.00 

Helen Knopf. • • • • 5,00 

George Blunienstengler. •••• • 4.00 

N. N 1*00 

N* N 10.00 

N. N 100.00 

Total $126.00 

Previously aclaiowledged ..••... 52.00 

Grand total ^178.00 


J. Heinevetter •••....•...... 2 bxmdles 



Abendpost, Apr. 18, 1919. 

Welfare Committee for Prisoners of YJar 

/Translator's note: About one half of this article appeared in the issue of 
April 3, 1919 and was translated./ 

Received for the V/elfare Committee for ;7ar Prisoners from: 


Carl Bodicker, 5657 Prairie Avenue ?^ 3.00 § 

Unteratuetzungs Verein Deutschewacht 

(Aid Association of German Vigilants) 10.00 

Julius Lenz 2.00 

Otto Bork 1-00 

Mrs. A. K. Hank, 1831 North California Avenue 1.00 

William Thomaz, Kalamazoo, Michigan 12.50 

Factory Worker 1.00 

Kiss Incognito ^*QQ 

Total ^ 32.50 

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Previously acknowledged 542« 50 

Grand total ^575,00 

Clothing received from the following: 

Cr. Kinast 1 bundle 

F. Glogauer, Cincinnati, Ohio I bundle 

Lake View slipper v;orks 1 bundle 

For Relief VJork in Chica^ro 

At the instance of the German Society, the Abendpost has started a collection 
of funds to aid those interned who were released and later came to Chica^^o, 
so that local citizens of German origin mi^:-ht aid them in their undeserved 
predica-nent. The Federal Government transfers these former interned Germans 
to the German Society. However, the Society's means are not nearly sufficient 
to care for these proteges properly; moreover, several hundred more of these 





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unfortunates will arrive here soon. It is therefore necessary to gather a 5 

fund of voluntary contributions for this purpose, and local aernians viill -r- 

certainly not let it be said that they disappointed people of their own F 
blood who were in need of help. So, open your hearts and your pocketbooks. 

The Abendpost acknov/led^es receipt of the followin^^ contributions which will 
be disbursed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft: 

Mrs . I'ary Gross !^5.00 

William Buettner ft2.00 

Total ./........... !^7700 




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Since milder weather has set in, demands by needy upon the German Society have 
been fevjer than v;ere made in Llarch of 1918, and requests for workers have in- 
creased, so that one hundred and eighty- five men and twelve females (v/omen and 
girls) could be given employment, the latter tlirough Frauenhilfe {Ladied* 
Aid), Telephone Franklin 5169. 

The oociety assisted fifty-two families, in which there were one hundred and 
seventy-eight children. Fifty-six individuals, aiiong tham twelve ladies, 
also received aid. Thirty-one beds and twenty-nine meals ivere provided for 
unonplo^'-ed homeless persons. Through the mediation of the organization four 
persons received free medical treatment in private hospitals, three in the 
County Hospital, and two in Oak Forest, and eight persons received private 
medical aid and medicines. 

Very soon all war prisoners, excepting those who are detained by the Govern- 

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I ?T rient for deportation, v;ill verp lihel^- be roloased t'rorr. Canp Ocle- 

thorpe. The Clovernnant puys the cost of transporting': ti:^ released 
directl:' to any "^oint in the T;nited Jtatos. Thoreaftei' the roleasec are 
depc^^ndent upon themselves. 

Snaller rroups of in'^erned h:ive already been set at liberty. Dni-in'- tiie last 
few days seven of the-i cane to Ghica':o, and the Federal Tiureau of Investiga- 
tic2i expects four iiore tonorrov;. 

The great majority of these unfortunates are v/ithout any rieans v/hatsoever, 
and since t-he Gornan 3ociet:^ can provide beds and meals only temporarily, it 
is essential to pl-ice those ^len or women in payinr: :jovii i:iimediatoly. If pos- 
sible, the'^ should be paid -.ver:'' day, or receive lodr-iar; and meals iS p^rt 
of their Da-"-, Tlierefore the jcciot^^ requests all those v/':o are /;illiny to 
rive these severelv stricken n3or)le v/ork to call Main 4j:Ju. Contributions 

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I G in the form of noney should be sent to the office of the Society at 
160 North 7/ells Street. 

The Society spent $715.15 for charitable purposes during March 
/Translator's note: Subso'iuent paragraphs are irrelevant^ 

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The ;/elfare Committee for .Var Prisoners, through its chaiiman, Adolf Kuttroff , 
24 North Lloore Street, New York City, requests the Abendpost to open a depot 
where money and clothing for German prisoners of war and interned Geriaans 
can be deposited. 

The Abendpost gladly complies with this wish and requests that all who wish 
to help bring their gifts, money or clothing, to our place of business, 
223-225 V/est »7ashington Street. Day by day we will acknowledge contributions 
in the Abendpost and send the money and clothing to the Committee in New York 
at once. 

This is a good and urgent cause. •^A dollar today is worth ten tomorrow.^ 

Received for ;/ar Prisoners: 


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I Abend post , Aur. 3, 1919. 

Trom Carl and l^mil ISitel vlOO.OO 

From A Friend 25. JO 




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The release of the Gemans interned and imprisoned in the United States is 

According to all reports received, thoy are in urgent noed of all kinds of 
clothing, such as suits, shoes, underwear, shirts, etc. ^ 

Through the co-operation of friends we were able to purchase suits of first- ?z 
class material and v;orkmanship for ^^12.50 apiece. <-- 

Special collections have made it possible to place one thousand of these suits !— 
at the disposal of Geinan marine officers and sailors who will be set free. ^ 
Suits are also to be i:)rovided for another thousand marine officers and sailors f^ 
who are now confined at Fort Oglethorpe, for about fifteen hundred officers and 
crew members of former Gerraan warships v;ho are imprisoned at Fort Mcpherson, and 
also for several hundred interned civilians v/Iio are to be deported to Gerraany. 
The necessar^r funds to purchase the suits must be raised soon. The cost of about 

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three thousand suits and other clothing is estimated at fifty thousand dollars. 

The IVelfare Committee is actinc- by peiroission of the State Department, has a 
general license from the V/ar Trade Board and the V/ar Department to send consign- 
ments to the various camps, and earnestly requests help and contributions, so 
that the war prisoners ana interned who are to be deported to Genaany may be equip- 
ped in time. And for an additional thousand interned German civilians who are to 
be released soon v;e will have to have one thousand used suits and overcoats. 

Money in the fonu of checks (made payable to Adolf Kuttroff , Chairraan) should be 
sent to us at 24 North Moore Street, New York City. 

^A dollar today is worth ten tommorrow.*^ 

V/elfare Committee For Prisoners Of .Var. 



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(Letter to the liditor) 

It gives i;ie great satisfaction to learn from Ilr. 0. A. Koenic's ansv/er to ^ 

the very tiiaely and appropriate question of I'r. Blii2':ienste:i{;:ler, that there ^ 

are still some anonc the local Crerraans v;ho are v^illinc to Give aid to thoir <Z 

need^'- and suff erine fellov; men in the old country. I hope that the arx>unt Ig 

of help v:ill correspond v/ith Ilr, Koenig^s estimate. I myself doubt it, un- £ 

less the conscience of local Germans is sufficiently aroused by propaganda ^ 
and an organization is established to conduct the v/ork efficiently. 

The Friends of German Democracy could serve as a nucleus of such an organi- 
zation. Ov/ing to their past activity, their loyalty to the United States 
Y/ould not be doubted; and then — some v/ill not like to hear it, but it must 
bo said~they themselves are, to a certain extent, responsible for the 
present plight of the German nation. They strove to overthrov; the Imperial 


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I G Abendpost , liar. 12, 1919. 

Government of Germany, .llthouch the:;- undoubtedly did not intend to, yet they 
did step bej^ond their object, and helped to brine unutterable riiGorj'-, nisery 
unparalleled in the history of the huLrm race, upon the people of O-emany. 
llvidently :lr. Koenir: considers it to be only natural that the Society of the 
ifriends of Qoman Democracy nov/ has simply cone to sleep. But if anyone has ^ 
fallen into the ;vater because of • m^'' neclic^i^ce, then I riiust do something ,--^ 
entirel-^^ different from roinr to sleep. Tlie Society- ourht to make it its nev; p 
object to alleviate the i.iiser:,^ in Germany, and do everything possible to attain ^ 
this object* Germa-ny needs help nov;, since its supplies of food, clothing', etc., g 
v/ill soon be exhausted. It cannot exist on promises of future help. It is i~ 
true tliat it v/ill be difficult to begin this charitable v^ork at once; but since g 
a state of 7:ar Tvith Germany noT exists only in name, the difficulties can be 
onlv of a technical nature; and the oociet^r of the Friends of Gerinan Deraocrac^, 
if an^T'one, should be able to rei.iove all difficulties. ;.t all events, it is 
V7ell '.;orth trying. 

Yeirj respectfully. 
Dr. I. 










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AbendDost, Fob, 25, 1919, 

TH3 aSRI'M 50CK'17Y 0^ CHIC '.CK) 

Under the chairmanship of its president the Gen-^.an Society of Cliicaf^o held 
its annual general meeting yesterday afternoon* After the detailed minutes : 
of the previous annual meeting had been read by the secretary'-, I.Ir. Rudolf 
Seifert, President Michael F. Girten presented his report for the year. 

According to the fi^^res submitted the disbursements were considerably 
greater than the receipts, as nas been the case ever since the outbreak of 
the v/ar. Naturally, the Society was called upon to assist man^'' Germans who 
have not yet become Auerican citizens, and the authorized for benevolence, 
including Christmas gifts, totaled .;;0,920 during the past year* The accu- 
mulated capital was greatly decreased, oi/ing to unusual circumstances. How- 
ever, l;Ir. Girten expressed the hope that the Germain Society of Chicago v/ould 
be able to continue its blessed activity, which consisted not only in render- 
ing material aid, but also in obtaining v/ork ..aid giving good advice free 
of chargo. These latter forms of activity v/ere of great value to local 
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Abendi^ost, Feb. 25, 1919. 

translator's note: The pciracraph omitted contain^s a list of those 
menbers of the Society v/ho died duTinr;; the yearoy 

Ivlana^er F# U. V/ysov/ reported that the Geman Society of Ghica>3o had secured 
legal assistance through the Ler^al Aid Society for 209 persons; that the 
Society had obtained emplo^Tnent for 1,751 men, and that, through its ladies' 
department Erauenhilfe (Help for V/onen) eighty-seven v/oi.ien and girls had 
been placed in paying positions. The Society maintains friendly relations g 
with the following societies and institutions: Chicago Association of 
Commerce, Alexian Brotiiers Kos])ital, Grant Hospital, the Society of St. 
Vincent DePaul, Cook County institutions, and Little Sisters of the Poor. 
During the past year the Society functioned as a br nch of ti:ie Federal 
Emplo:v^ent Bureau, v;hich hired Llanager V/ysov/ as head of the branch at a 
salary of one dollar per year. 

The contract ^'diich has been in force for ten years v/ith the Schwaizer 
//ohltaotigkeitsgesellschaft (Swiss Charitable Society) was renewed ^^esterday. 



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IV The election of directors resulted is follows: Ilessrs. i:. F. Girten, 

Peter S. Theurer, Arnold Holincer, /dbert F. Lladlener and George 

7/egener for three years; Mr. George V/. Torpe for two years; Mr. Kenry 
Schoellkopf for one year. 




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Abend post , Sept. 11, 1918. 

:7Idojs ;.:id orp^iaijs ^3j^ robbed 

Already over three years e^go, ir.ajTiediately -tifter relief funds had been 
established on neutral Anerican soil to help Gen.ian vjar v/idov/s and starving 
orphans, v/arnin^:^ voices could be heard that claimed that a ,;reat percenta^re 
of the anount v;:iich v;armhearted Americans, not exclusively of Gernan ori- 
gin, had contributed most rj;enerously had found its way into the 
propaganda coffers. 


T]ie warnings v/ere, at that tine, lau.r^hed at._ His Excellency Count Bernstorff 
^then German ambassador to the United States/and His l^cellency Doctor Dumba 
v/ere addressin^^, many letters at tiiat time to the "dear Genian-Americans,'* 
assuring them that the r.oney v/as sent over tnere and used exclusively to 
alleviate the plight of the v;idov;s and orphans. 

The latest reports of Attorney General Becker of the State of Hew York 
prove conclusively that Count Bernstorff had used fnese funds, contributed 

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in large part by people of moderate circumstances, for the infamous 
and totally useless propaganda which has brought so much r^rief to our 
country and especially to Americans of Gerrian descent. The bazaars, the 
funds of the Red Cross end the Iron ']Jross v/ere merely a "camoufla:J,e*' for 
those gentlemen, who cared damned little for suffering v;idov;s ^ind German 
babies, but a whole lot for bombing siiips carrying cargo. Their own 
assistants admitted that much during the trials. 

The indictment against the representatives of the Imperial Crovernment 
pannot be removed or alleviated, if the treasurers of those bazaars nov; 
solemnly declare that the moneys collected had been duly transferred to 
the Ambassadors of the Central Pov/ers. These fellows have never been 
accused, certainly it was not charged that they them.selves had distri- 
buted the m.oney to the r)ror)aganda a::encies. They v^ere probably the 
innocent victir.s of conniving schemers. It does not uslze m.uch difference 
either that the ^.peror and the mighty gentlem.en in Berlin and Vienna 
had been informed how generously and liberally the '*German-.-nericans*' 
had helT)ed with their money. The indictment is made a^:ainst those '7 :o 

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v;ere not ashar.ed to use the dollars r)artlv ^iven bv noor oeoDle for 
the riiserable job of dyns-nitinf^.s find esDionarr;e on neutral soil. It is 
to be hoped that these revelations v;ill definitely orove to /jiericans 
of "leman blood, that they and their sentinents for the country of 
their birth have been exploited in the nost shaiaeful nanner. V/hoever is 
still in favor of this stran-^e ^'system of bookkeer)in-_V' v;hich Count 
Bernstorff and his as3oci^tes have introduced does not promote the cause 
of the pro-G-ernans , but helns to deceive those A^iericans of G-er.Tian 
ori^'^in, v/ho for too lon^ have be^r^n fooled, due to tlieir love for their 
blood relatives across the ocean. A -•overn-'ient that condones the r.ethods 
of Bernstorff and his a-^ents does not deserve the sli^-htest assistance, 
which these men of ''lenian blood once v/ere 7;illin-3 to ^-ive, because they 
did not knov; tha": behind t'ne aopeal to their hearts tnore lurked the 
treacherous notives of unscrupulous "orooa-Tindists. 

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I G Sonntagpost (Sunday Edition of Abendpost ), Sept. 8, 1918. 

Will Have to Discontinue Charity Work unless Supported 

The demands for charity work that are being made on the German Society 

(Deutsche Gesellschaf t) , which since the beginning of the war has had < 

to weather the worst storm of its sixty-four-year successful existence, 5 

are so heavy that unless the German element of Chicago lends its gener- ^^ 

ous and effective support, the resources of the Society will be exhausted r 
very soon. 


From a compilation of the Society's activities during the last three months, ^ 

we here give the following data, which speak for themselves: g 



From June 1 until August 31 of this year, 188 families with 655 children, 
and 138 single persons, including 21 women, were given cash support; and 
for the homeless unemployed 208 meals and 40 sleeping quarters were provided. 
Th3X>ugh arrangements made by the Soci^^ty, five persons were put into pri- 
vate hospitals, nine into the County Hospital, and one into the Municipal 

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Sonntagpost (Sunday Sdition of Abendpost )^ Sept. 8, 1918. 

Tuberculosis Sanitarixua, all without charge • Seventeen people received 
free medical treatment and medicine , etc« 

The expenditures for relief amounted altogether to $2|079.22 and xvere 
disbursed during the various loonths as follows: June, #710*73; July, 
#729.01; August, $682.43. 

Eii5)loyment could be found for only 360 persons, including 22 women and 
girls who were given Jobs through the Women's Aid, although 960 jobs were 
available^ The reason for this ^^iscrepanc^ is, as the Society has 
pointed out in previous reports, that Germans JT. e. nationals of the 
ReichJ/^ find great difficulties in being hired, because most employers pre- 
fer Austrian subjects in order to avoid going through the formalities 
which the Federal authorities have provided in connection with the employ- 
ment of Germans. 




Since the beginning of July, the employment agency of the Society has been 

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under the supervision of the United States llinplo^n lent Service, 116 Horth 
Dearborn Street, to ivhich it has to m^ike dailj'- reports. A ci*eat nuraber 
of people for v;hon the SociQt3^ cannot find eiplo^onent , or v;ho cannot fill 
tlie jobs that are open, are rcfsrred to the Federal enplo3T'ient service, 
and cannot be listed as havinc been put to v/ork by the facilities of the 
Society. Unfortunately, many people are afraid to apply to the Federal 
aGenc3^, although they are treated courteously and special efforts are iiade 
to provide jobs for then. 



In the near future, the reculations of the United States iimployment Ser- 
vice (v;ith v/hich the Society has to comply strictly) dealing v;ith lazy 
people and those v;ho do not care to abide by the rules laid dovm by the 
government will be made much laDre stringent, and those that are unwil- Di 
ling ^o xjov^ may be faced v/ith the prospect of forced labor. 

In spite of the great detail of vjork in connection v;ith providing jobs, 
the ei.'5)lo^Tiient agency is only a small part of the extensive and helpful 
activities v/hich the German Society performs<> Its main task is to assist, 
during these hard times, the needy people who speak the Gorman tongue; 


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their number now exceeds the average, as a result of increased living 

In order to meet these demands , the resources of the German Society^ which 
have dwindled during the war years, are entirely inadequate, and it becomes 
absolutely necessary to supi)ort the Society generously with cash contribu- 

In order to dispel all doubts regarding the attitude which the Federal authori- 
ties assume toward the Society, with which, as we have mentioned, they co- 
operate in the most satisfactory manner, let us once more call your atten- £' 
tion to a letter of Ur« Clabau^, already published last June, in vdiich he ^ 
talks of the Society in the highest terms* 



The Society hereby kindly asks all employers vdio are willing to employ 
(Jermans to get in touch with our office, 160 North V/ells Street, telephone: 
Uain 4026; those who need female help should call the Women* s Aid, Franklin 

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Money orders are to be made out to The German Society of Chicago, 160 
North Wells Street, room 217. We especially call your attention to the 
fact that the German Society employs no agents or collectors who are 
entitled to accept money* 



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id;'e3 George r'.rsten, ri^eodor^^ 3re'it:ino, C:.'irles ■-. l"oeil r^nd Oocar rebel li-o/e 
issued ^he i?ollo•'in•^ a pe-1, in ro 'urd to the c i-ip-' if_:n icr Incro^^sln;^ txio rrieni- 
bership ci tY.e Rod Cross oocietv. iho Red Cro::o is n.n or\* nization, ')t u:.e 
r.ead of v'l'^ich stands the preside:/t of the United jt* tss, -xnd its li/in* .^;e^:ent is 
in t: e h'^inds of p.)rso:.3, ./hoi: he appoi^rcs. Thair fiiv jtc.tei.euto are ex- 
• liiined by officers of oit nrr:y, nnd .he vo'ich-^rs lo far yrove, that the ir^t^rest 
on the fund ^.r^vs tho oxT)eiiS:S of ixu.n.^Q:\ent » so ohut iuily luO oei cerit of zhe 
^uiid is used foi* t-he T^a'pose for v;:;ich it is ii.ter*ded« 



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y.e Red Gros:; does not c.r^ for our soldiers in the field on].y, but fvlso for 


fui-.ilies 'o};ey : ave ieft behind. It not onxy aixevi-tes 3icknes3, need, and 

irjnj-i C'.oion is 

hunyer h^re, but al:^o hel s iiho unfortun- te^ over tl^ere. I^s 

iii^jiiifoxd ::nd extends over the v/hole v;ori I. It is one of thu ;orld'e reat 

or<:: nizetions for the benefio of hu..aniuv, v/hich is c. cknovled "od l>v au.1 civilized 

nai:iors of the \/orld. 

he therefore ft-ti^l, tliat ev;.ry .h..eric'..n citizen, n.o . atter of -.//V't descent 
should v/elco e the o^"oorl unity 'oo h-;^ln \.i!^?i ohi^ nobl- \7orh, nd throu-l 

xt oO 

sho'7 his fxitriot isiii "aid Kratrriuineso to oliis country of his choice. 

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For oiiis reason, .^e • j^k rill our felxo-.7 citiztins to v;ork h:;.ncl li. hand, 30 
the nembershi-;. for \;hich ohe Pr.3ido.:t asks, 15,000,000, shoull .... read. 

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..c;u ---lOilS Ci iSi'e Cloy - :o ir 

: house 

to house, in order to r^et ne\; .;.ei:h.ers for \.Lc ,.ed Crcso, i.::tvu jc;.n rcceivt^u at 
he^d4uar^br3 sc-noilv. fliis liiust ue attributea oo tlie plun oi* c-.a:ipaic^,n, which 
placed the responsibility for the r_.:ult upon the volunteer \/orkers in tiie in- 
dividual districts. In ::.ost cases sucli a vorker las ::o Yisi^ on-v tventy-f ive 
houses, witii uhe instruction to v;in all persons livinj^ inhere for tfe .leu Cross, 
The reports received, so ff-r, sho\;, that this plnn voroinises co be a oositive 
success and uhc;.t oiitr uotax nui-.ber i-0:'ed for v/i±x '.:e i''jac';-.di oy Christ:.xts :"i;ve. 

In order to aro:.:C.te the r;ed Cross ca;':i;-i i:ai ohere .;ili be held a nuriber cf 
nei:-;?iborhood ueetin./s, every t:;veiiinr. 

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FHccLri:.:ATici-[ Tc .iL\ G^.Hiuj: cc i^':?::icTS 

(.^dv. ) 

On Thursday, J6b. 24, 8 1.::., ::rs. .iiXda ::. :att:-ie7 '-111 .^ive a, talk at 
the .:orth oide rurner iall about t:ij ?cussian devastation and ravishing 
of Jastern iTussia. .ts. :.:att hey -vho v:ill illustrate Iier talk -.;it:i slides, 
investigated condition.: i^or :r.onths, having been ^^iven unrestricted 
freedom by the Gernan authorities. 

The price of admisoion i^i fifty cents, and the net •nroce^.^ds v;ill be used 
to ameliorate oufferino; in ast Irussia. .e ask our Gernan co:iir)at riots 
to corae tc the lecture and to invite their friends to do the saraa. 

^iUg. Lueders, 
Henry ':!. T'uttinann, 
Mi^s. Ida Schrador, 
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^chlaraffen or Schlaraffenland, a mythical land where baked squabs fly 
into one^s mouth. The acme of Paradise, because its inhabitants, the 
Schlaraffen, don't even have to pick up the bountiful fruits of this 
providential and prolific Garden of Eden. TranslJT 

The beautiful large hall of the Germania Club House was so crowded that 
many were compelled to forego the pleasure of hearing the Chicago Symphony 
Orchestra. The concert was given under the auspices of the Schlaraffia 
Chicagoana, for the benefit of the German, Austrian, Hungarian war widows 
and orphans, and it v;as successful beyond expectations. xj.bert Ulrich led 
the 55-piece orchestra, the members of which played gratuitously. Undoubtedly 
a large sum was realized, which will be given to Alraatee Praga for the purpose 
already mentioned. 

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The program consisted of creations by Goldmark, V.'eber, Hayden, Weingaertner, 
Liszt, Grieg, De Swert, Popper, Sv;endsen, Schubert, V/agner, Keller, and 
Speckin, offerings v;hich were exquisitely played and rewnrdeJl with profound 

As an introduction, Xiirs. Maximlian Herzog recited the prologue, a fine 
literary accomplishment of I^^* Haenichen. 

The Schlaraffen had the hall tastily decorated in their colors, white and 
red. The ladies, Luella Sippel and five others, sold a large number of 
programs . 

'^£2 "SZT^n'-^i*^ -JCi.^-W  -i «. J*i->«k'»*^C5«3** idMP ir iC 

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The v'ooden IcnifJit in the Ox'fice of the Abendpost received further poundiug 
at the rate of ten cents per nail by the following c^ntlerien /list of names 
and separate anounts cnitted in translation; total f>4.^o7'. 

Forrierly accounted for, i-l, 795,90; total to date, .,;1,80C.40. /l^ansl:;.tor»s 
note: This is all the inl*ornation in the article, and therefore the transla- 
tor obtained additional details from the Abendpost ^s staff. The ciC^ntic 
v;ooden fi^nire represented a warrior, probably Hindenburc* The object v;as to 
stud the statue v/ith large-headed nails, at the rate of ten cents per nail, 
until it became an Iron Ijii^-ht, The effi^^y had been exhibited at the charity 
bazaar and at the Bismarck Gardens in the autumn of 1914 as v;g11 as at the 
Abendpost and elsev/here. After doinc its share in Catherine funds the 
Armored Ijiight v/as to be sent to Berlin or to Vienna, as decided by vote, 
but hostilities noxv enculfed the United States, and the statue's scheduled 


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sea journey becane a local trip to the itirnlager at Gary, Illinois. 1!here 
it reposes unportiirbed and serene. The nariie of the sculptor is unI:nov;n.7* 




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The -lixecutive Con:iittee of the Aid Society intended to read its annual 
report during yesterday evening's festival of the German Friends, at the 
Northside Turnhall. Ho'.vever, as a detailed account of tlie disbursements 
had been given in a distributed, printed pa:.iphlet, the readin.'^ v^as dispensed 
witii to save time. 

In the main, the follov/ing figures were quoted: '-^en this association vjas 
founded during the early part of August, 1914, very fevj.of our organizers 
believed at the ti::ie T.hat the overvrhelming .'orld \Jar v;ould last for years 
instead of months. The :]xecutive Committee believer that its efforts must 
continue througaout the duration of the vrar. ./e have followed tliis idea 
steadfastly to the best of our ability. If our success at present is not 
equal t:: last year's' attainment , then it is undoubtedly due to the public's 
general attitude toi/ards the conflict. It has become accustomed to it and 

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therefore shows less enthusiasm tian f oimerly. 

The Sxecutive Committee hopes that active citizens of German, Austrian, and 
Hungarian descent, will give energetic support to the Society during the 
new year. 

Total receipts from all sources, up to Dec. 31, 1915 ^^547,577.70 

This sxM comprises the following: 

1. Contributions ;|285, 120.22 

2. Receipts from sales of articles • 34,305.38 

3. Contributions for war and civilian prisoners in Siberia — 2,626.60 

4. For blind soldiers 240.00 

5. For GeiBian defense 1,151.50 

6. Monthly contributions 23 > 934. 00 

Total ^3477377770" 

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Z::q)cnditures : 







--eiiittar.ces .2G7 

Bandar:es and iiospital supj)lies 

oupport for civil and v:ar jrisoners in .^iberia 

i'or blind solciers 

For prisoners of v;ar in C-nara 

x'Or G^man defense 

rurchaces: expenses incurred in the sale of articles 

Cifice expenditures: printed i.iattf^r, posta,::e, ca:.le and 

teler.rams, salaries and all other exvienses 

ijank surplus 










The next iteras sliow all of tne .dd society's remittances, i.e., since its 

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, 1914 



, 1914 



, 1914 



, 1915 



, 1915 



, 1915 



, 1915 



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* For German Defense 



llark 100,000 

3 23,875.00 


150 , 000 






150 , 000 


















60 , 000 





74o,000 Zsic/ 


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, 17, 1914 

8, 1S14 

9, 1914 
20, 1914 

10, 1915 

11, 1915 
10, 1915 

Sept, 17, 1914 
Oct. 8, 1914 
Nov. 19, 1914 
Dec. 29, 1914 

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To Vienna 

I^rk 50 , 000 
•• 50,000 



Kronen 50,000 





IJark 155,000 Kronen 151,069 

To Budapest 

tork 50,000 
" 50,000 



Kronen 50 , 000 


# 11,937.50 







$ 54,979.52 

§ 11,937.50 




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Jxme 11, 1915 
Dec. 16, 1915 

Kronen 10 , 000 
"" 50,000 

t 1,545.00 


Hiark 135,000 Kronen 90,000 $ 45,542.75 

To Siberia 

To the United States Ambassador in Peking, China, for aid of the civil and 
war prisoners in Siberia: 

April 15, 1915 
Sept. 23, 1915 
Dec. 3, 1915 

July 22, 1915 To the American Red Cross for 

Hospitals in Siberia 





§ 19,297.00 

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To Canada 
Dec. 16, 1915. IDnas gift for prisoners $ 1,000.00 


To Munich (Bavaria, Germany) 

Oct. 7, 1915. Contribution to the Hospital $ 2,000.00 

for the Blind 

The Aid Society sent ^29,956.22 worth of cotton, bandages and hospital 
supplies to Germany, Austria and Hungary. This includes the shipments 
mentioned in our last report. 

In regard to deliveries of hospital supplies, we have encountered serious 
difficulties. The lack of shipping opportunities and the attitude of the 
warring nations, particularly ISngland, compelled us to suspend our activities 
in this line, at present. 

One of the provisions exacted by England proved very disagreeable to us; 

The British Government insisted that all identification marks, the shipper's (^Wpi 


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nane and address, must not appear en boxes or bales, nor anything! which 
tended to sho^- chn source of the article. ..e therefore faced the long 
draxvn out probleii; of receiving verifications of arrival from the P.ed 
Cross abroad. Although all shipments were sent under the T^rotection of 
the American Red Cross, v;e nevertheless are confronted vrlth the uncertainties 
of transportation which makes us dissatisfied in this phase of our v^ork. 

Durinf^ the e.urly ^art of last year, we received an apooal from the Aid 
Association for the JupToort of Civil and i.Iilitary Prisoners in Siberia. 
The communication came from rientsin, China, and it.s request, based on 
reliable information, secured from officials v7ho investigated Siberian 
prison conditions at the behest of the ed Cross Society, showed a 
heart-rending Picture of the misery prevailinr?: in those detention caraps. 

The morjbality in one nlace reached almost 20^^ up to Septonber of this 
year. /1915, Transl^^ Cne of the es^eciall^; sordid features in the environs 

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of these unfortunates is to be found in the total lack of any suitable 
occupation and the consecuent fearful nonotony. To eli::iinate this condition 
as nuch as possible, the Tientsin .-issociution aske.. us to send books and 
periodicals in various lanr^uar!:es. .'e brou cht it to "Me attention of the 
Geriaan nev/spapers, as ;vell as all aid societies (160) in the United States. 
The result v/as nost .^ratifyin/^. 

./e r3Coivec donations fro/i all parts of th country and v;ere able to send 
ab::ut 50,000 )Ounds of books and clothing during the first vjeek of AUf:;:ust. 

■Uthin a short tine thereafter, another call of distress reached us; it 
appealed for b^ddinp:, shoes, and vrarii clothing. Confoririing to our first 
effort, v/e proceeded in the sane .lanner; a/:;;ain v/e were blessed and 
prot'oundly Sv.ccessful. ie sent 70 cases from Chicago, 111., containing 
about 25,000 pounds of clothing, underwear, v;oolen v/ear, and beddinf^, v/liicli 
v/ere gathered hare and else.vhere. .ie v;ore als: able to give otlier aid 

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societies the benefit of our experience in regard to this important matter. 
Coiintless packages reached us by rail and post, containing useful articles 
for these prisoners. Amonsc the largest items, which we received for further 
delivery, v/ere 20 cases from Indianapolis and 10 boxes from Duluth. 

The sorrowful plight of these prisoners makes it imperative that we send 
financial aid to the societies that endeavor to ameliorate human suffering. 
In the last letter from Tientsin we note that no wool or leather is 
obtainable in this part^ of 3iberia or conti::uous Chinese territory. There- 
fore the Aid Society /Tientsin, China/ decided to manufacture 100,000 padded 
overcoats and 100,000 oair of felt boots to alleviate suffering as quickly 
as possible. \'Je attach much importance to this proposal, because such coats 
serve as clothing diiring the day and can be used for coverin*]:: at nip^ht. 

In the belief that such activities require adequate financial backing, 
xve immediately dispatched $5,000 to the American xlmbassador in rekin, 

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for the use of the Tientsin :Ad dissociation. -.11 tof^ethor, v;e have s-oent 
about v20,000 for the :iberian prisoners, 

■e are ^lad to announce that a niLTibor of influential Oerrians and other 
nationals in China are aoim: their ut.aost for tiia pitiable :iiberian 
prisoners and v/e are convinced that. . . • aiiiple. . • • lielp will fre <^iven. 

1 risoners in Canada 

.^e have received rv3quests froin various source:, particularly the jnerican 
consuls in the vicinity of the Canadian orison cani-os, to do something: for 
the :>er/ians and .vustro-liun/^ariauj who are confinec; there. .'hile it is 
not a sinpie natter to obtain reliable inforiiation fro that district, 
because zhe .-.ed Cross lacks proper conn(;.jti )n:3 t lere, v;e hav-^, nevertheless, 
received a iple news fro i "voll-inf- riicd pers ns, wiich convinces us that 
extensive help is needed. Co:r area v;ith :.iberia, the nui-iber of the ^ <= 

interned is, of course, -luch s:.ia-ier. Jhv. reports fror.i many of these 
concentration ca^^ps show tnat thj relabives '-ind clependents of the civil ! 


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prisoners face deplorable conditions. 

During Ohristi.-ias v;a sent cibout ,1,000 to the several consuls, stipulatin.o; 
that the noney .;-. ^ to bo usea -i;, a .lo ioa^^ ^resent for the prisoners. 

^1.3 v/e still had a part of the Siberian oonsifininent on hand, juch as 
clothing, underv/ear, etc., we^d it opportune to send inquiries 
t the coioniand-rj of tie • anadian prison caips, t-he -inerican vonsul 
-general in ; ttav/a and ancouver, t ascertain if it is por.'dssible to 
give tnese article^ to the r.risoners; ana v/hether they can be sent 
into Canada, free of duty. V/e were inform 3d that ;uch '•ifts v/ould r>rove 
most vielcouh:} ^nd v/h/tever nay be sent for the use of prisoners, will be 
exempt from custcmj charges. 

In confcnaity to this inform: tion v:e shipnec a part of the Siberian 
allotment, 24 cases, to the -jrierican Consul Cleneral, John G. ^ostcr, 

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in OtoaY:a, for furthsr distribution and deiiV:^ry t/ its final destination 
and, ai the .^entleiian has be -n authorized by the ^l: te Lopart:ient to 
act in all .^atter^ appertainin* to aid of ^^ri.^: iiers, v/e have no doubt 
ttiat the civentual division v;ill bj fair and ecuitable. 

Objections fro:;; various quari^ers arose; it is claini":d that such help 
actually accru's t:, as that nation must support its ')riscners. 
• ;e cai'. att-ention to the fact, that in Canada, the predo^iinati n^ number 
of the confined are civilians and, obviously, international lav; nakes 
no specific ':)rcvisions which cover t-ie status of the foreip;n citizen, 
whereas para;:raphs exist wnich consider the soldiers prisoners of v^ar. 

cnaer the circuiistances aic becones a nara.:.ount auty, as the tr*iati;ient of 
the civilian non-citizen is left entirely tj the discretion of ^Jn-o-land. 
\iQ bope that v;e v;ill bo enabled to .^ive t/jese unfortunates :.xre helD this 
winter. In thi ^ instance, v;e are not cor-frontod ^7ith transportation 
proble:uS, .ind this should ' us to intercede enerr^etically, so that 

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these ii.ipartial, innocent victin3 of the ;var ma:; live in humane capti\'ity. 

The Ladies' Com::iittee, v/hich v;as organized at about the tine the Society 
7/as founded, has been exceptionally active durin * zhe year, The r.ianu.facture 
of v/oolen v;are, notably sock.., shav;ls, etc., iior.Dital supT)lies, bandages 
and cicthing for the :;ounded, were produced in larp^e quantities, Thu 
collected material is packed under* the supervi.sion of the Ladies* CoiiL^iittee, 
and for'*.7irdoo to the .ed Cross oociety, vdiich send^ it abroad. Some of Lhe 
work alludjd to v/as also shipped to Siberia and Canada. The gif-cs v;hioh 
this committee provided are of f^reat iiaportance c.nd are riiceived '.vith 
^;>rofound f^atitud3 by the .ieriians, Austrian , ana "Hungarians in !urope. 

In our last report, ?;e mentioned our ^-lan of -ecuring members v;ho donate 
a definite suiii each month. V/e nov; have 1,100 sucii T)erMianent contributors; 
their monthly otip-^na is ab ut !;i2,200. Cur T)rcnress in this branch, regardless 
of our be.jt efforts, did not confor-. to our e::r)^ctaLions, 'Je cannot em^oha^ize 
enough. . . . just hov; necessary an adjunct thi'^ is to our labor of love 

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and reiterate its importance to friends, members, and all v/lio partici -^ated 
in th->. work. 

Lov7 ivdministrative Costs 
Cur financial report shows that the administrative costs have risen during 
the :oa_^t year, being nov; slightly below 2 oer cent. The principal reason 
is to be found in tho smaller number of collections and diminished a:;iounts 
which v.ore collected ajirinr; the fiscal year of 1915, 7:hon compared r;ith the 
half year in 1914. /Verbatim. As the v:ar began in August, 1914, the phrase 
''half year'* ii evidently meant in Lhe broad sense, because the elapsed noriod 
since the comriencement of hostilitie.; to r.he tine of this issue, Jan. 19, 1916, 
could not possibly be figured as one fiscal year, plus one-half year. Transl^/ 
The efforts to secure collections were corresT^ondingly r^reater and this 
necessitated increased expenditures; also, the work of helping the Drisoners 
and spreading this movement throughout the land, could not be accomplished 
without funds. 

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C\ir i/terial collections for tlu ^riconers, as enuinerated above, are 
about 100,000 pounds; and, if a proper appraisal of their cash value 
would be given, together v;ith the articles v/hich the Ladies* Committee 
produced, then the ratio of receipts and bills v;oulc be lauch lower. 

Furtheniore, since the beginninc: of June, the Aid society only had two 
employees on its pay roll, fhe total salaries are s;.25.50 per week. 

The aforesaid is intendea to convey a ;-':eneral idea of your Executive 
Committee *s activities. .;e believe i.hat -:e have nnnaged the affairs 
of the -society tc the best of our ability, c.nd that the heir) vrhich 
v;e were instrumental in r--iving, reachea those v/ho needed it most. '.Te 
have not been satisfied in merely collectin.^ money. It vms our ai-ri to 
ascertain how we could best serve in thi3 f^reat cause. 

v;e again rely on oar ;.iembers and friends of tliis >r^roat work, to '^ive 
active support curin,-^ the ensuing year. .-Al v;ho have been associated 

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in this task have the anrurance, as heretofore, Lhat the moneys entrusted 
to the Aid •-'ociety v;ill be conscientiously dis ursed, ..e shall alv/ays 
endeavor, — in so far as means permit, — i>o -ive help v/iierever it is 
most urgently required, 

■.Ve hope that the Lev; Year v/ill brins; uj aany collaborators so that v/e 
can be justly proud or the final results. 


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 ;o9-d-}Qst, .:an. 1^, 1916, 

1-er.bers of the rair ^>ex . ill .^*nist the ^dd Jociety 

*-v cor:.':ittee of v:o:o3:i has b^on forr.ied unnor t'le auspices of the Gernan- 
--ustro-ii^un,:;^arian Society, '.hich is purticul.Arly interostod in the 
v/elfare of prisoners of v:.-.r, the civil as veil as military contin- 
^•ents of various countries, 

'l^is nev; association, vvhic}: calls itself "T^.o 0-L:rn':irs/' endeavors to 
assist tiio .^d -ocicity in its vorh to -j.-^liorate conditionr anon,'^ 
prisoners of v;ar in -iberia and 'Canada, as v.^ell as elsev.'here. The 
V70inen intend to collect rioney, but particularly, '.van'., clotjiin,;, un- 
denvear, shoes, socks, \nd other itens of i..portaaco to prison rs, 
ohipnents v:ill bo :-ent to t:ie deto.iticn by t;:e -dd ..'ociety. 


v;orhers are needed. 

■Ljj is desirabl-? to increase the activities and, t'ie_eforo, nore co- /^^ .a? '\ 


-bend-^ost , J'cn. l", 1?15, 

--11 7:onen v/isliin.-:: to b^ ...ff iliated v.ltli thic vorl:, should '/.Tito 
or call in person at tho oi'fic: of tlio -^^ '^^r^i^-h^- i-/.. oc^-f- -? 
dolT^h -^troet. 

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o c? -J- ^'o ri . 

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The following sums have been receiyed by the Abendpost for the fund of the 
German and Austro^-Hungarian Aid Society: 

(1) Typographia No. 9# Collected during the funeral of the late Anton 
Fessler, $9: (2) Handbag, presented by Elizabeth Kautz, Lake Worth, Fla., 
raffled off by the Hessen Ladies Aid Society, $5; (3) Donations, by the 
Gerinan Veteran's Club of Chicago. (A list of names follows) #15; and (4) 
Sereral others » $36. 

Total amount, uncluding previously racipted items, $43,785.41. 

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Illinoi'^ Strp.ts Zeitun ', 3eoton>>er 5, 1915. 

QrEK'-jc: sooryn. 

At t'\e lr-r,t ine'^tin-^ of th tru-'rie-'^s of Vie C-' rnrn Society, the ^.ifna.^eraent 
re-^ortec' on V':- activities of t'^e l:~:^t t'-iroo niontas (Jmie, July, end Au.yii!?.-t) • 
It yives u? p r'efinite nicture of tee '^rriee-"<'rort-iy rctioiie of one of the old- 
e?.t benevolent Gocieti^e in Ceicr:^o, p.ncl '-rovec I'-C", in th-^-^e f';rert pnH excit- 
in^-T- tines, the r^enanos vrhich r re elrcer' ur.on t'le f^oci^'^tv r re ^^rert'^r t'lan ever. 


In the P.bovc nentiened period of ti :e, "^?7 fMaili- ^-dth 6";? chilr'ren h' ve r 
ceivec c;'-sh reli-f; 4''4 sinele -o-^rsonc, r-iaon--: teem ''7 wonen, idle rnd ■'-athout 
shelter, h; ve received 5,11-^ nie; 1b c^no 589 niehts' lo-^ia^^s, ryrin'^t 1,688 
rnerls cno POP niyhts* lo-h-inr-G in t-ie corre^'oondin- rionthn of 1.-' t '^''••' r. 

Throuyh recora- lend'-tion of the societ:-', 19 p^^r?ons hr ve been ed:;!itted ''o hos^^i- 
tal?5 free of chcr'-e; 15 persone to various county inr-tit .tion?^ ; mc 14 persons 
hpve received neric'-'l rttention - na raecicine, free of ch: r^'e. 

The e::pens^:^s for relief anounted to v'?,650,P5# For no'^ ^lercon? e^r-lo:^^^nt ^fs 
secur-'d; nior.t of t?ie e -eeoplr:- beinr^ sent to the rurrl ciistricti^>. 

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In co^rrpFrison to the strtionary niimbt^-r of unen)l07ccl since the be>':'in:iinc: 
the war, only vrith smpII excertions, the offer of v;or-- h'^ steadily decreased, 
therefore the neces'iity for distribution of r rrert^r number of merls c^.ri6. 
ni.^hts' lodvvinr::s is ercolr.ined^ The conr^'itions form r-^n e::&ct rne?sure of im- 
rjrovement or deteriorc tion, by th- increr^e or decrerse of p-r^^ons a oplyinf for 
^^ork, neals, or shelt'^r, end pre still nore vividly illuninr ted if the first 
ei-ht rionths of the p*- 't ye- r vnr' thir> irerr rve corrorred. 

?ron JamjL-^ry 1, until Aur^Jist ."^1, 1914, 4,o' 6 ner-ls rnd G'V-l- ni-^htc' lod^'imrs 
TTere sup lied, vrhUe in tho srme -o-riod of this yo^r, 19, "18 nerls pno 950 nirhts' 
lod^inp^s were riven# Cr?h relief for the firct ei-'-it nonths of 1-/14 pnbunted to 
^5,9':^'^,:^'^, while Cc sh relief in the sane p-riod of 1915 mounted to $8,558*0o. 

Considerin.:^ such numbers, which f-re such nute pad y~t -^"ieliberr te nroof , r-nd 
with the ^.rd certrint?-^ of conditions beconin;- worse rVarin'- t'le winter months, 
the society be.^s rll chrrit- bly inclined r:>er^one, for noney don-tions, or for 
vearly memboi'shir) to th.e r-'iaount of $10. 

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/Letters to the Editor/ 

?/ith your article ''larcel lost to the Rescue,'* you finally hit the nail on 

the head. Your appeal has taken the words out of my mouth, because I have * 

pondered such a plan for quite some time. Sncl^nd wants to condemn seventy ^ 

million German men, women, children, old people, and babies to slow starva- "f 

tion, a plan which shows such diabolical bestiality that only a Satanic brain ^ 

could have doped it out. And are we to remain inactive in the face of such ^ 

a colossal outrage? ?Jhether German or non-German, a protest must be raised £ 

right here and now on behalf of hum^inity; and not a paper protest either, ^ 
but backed \xo with plenty of actioni 

Parcel post service provides ua with the means to combat this British scherae 
hatched in hell* We will get much laore satisfaction out of helping our 
beloved ones and friends at home personally, th in to give to the **Red Croas,** 

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generous though our gifts been. And if we had just one dear per- 
son in the old country, if we had given to the Red Cross time and again, now 
we will open our pockets once more, to support this program of pure brotherly- 
love. And people who are inclined by nature to rebel against any kind of 
oppression will welcome this opportunity to take part in this fight against 
the mean and cowardly starvation warfare of the perfidious British Government. ^ 

How can we carry out our plan? Just to send flour to Geniany wouli not only 
be impractical from a business point of view, but absolutely without purpose, 
as long as we can send victuals across which contain a much hii^lier nutritional 
value by volume, not requiring any higher postage. The British blockade is 
not limited to flour alone, but includes any kind of imports to Gernany. Our 
parcel post service must accept any kind of foodstuffs for shipment, includ- 
ing meat products. It would be advisable, therefore, to send other, more 
hii^hly nutritional and concentrated foodstuffs, which contain the greatest 
possible energy value for any given weight. 

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I have had In mind the establishment of several sales and service 
centers. The meat packers , the wholesale milling firms or flour dealers 
may find it profitable, for instance, to put up their goods in standard 
packages, which could be kept in stock at these sales centers* Lower 
prices could probably be obtained also* The customers could make their 
selection and the merchandise could be made ready for shipment right on the 
spot* A simplified mailing system could probably be worked out with the 
Postoffice Department* Lots of German women and girls would feel honored to 
act as sales clerks and help with the mailing* 

However, these are details that will take care of themselves. The main thing 
is to get started* If our experiment is successful here, the movement will 
spread quickly all over the United States* Maybe the German Americein National 
Bund would co-operate too« 

Once our enterprise meets with the desired and anticipated success, the mail 
steamers now in service between here and Germany, via Holland, Denmark, and 


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Italy will not be able to handle the traffic. This obstacle has to 
be overcome. T^e Postoffice Department will have to let more boats carry 
the mail. More thrin a hundred additional ships have changed to American 
registry, making use of the new law. A large number of them has been 
chartered by our chemical manufacturers for the sole purpose of bringing 
German chemical products over here via Rotterdaia. Maybe we could use these 
bottoms for our purposes as well. Then we*d dare anybody to tinker with our 
maill Our Government in 7/rshington has taken r. lot of things, but in this 
respect they hrve always^ been very touchy. 

^signed/ Kurt Pietrusky 

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Permit me to touch upon the controversy as to whether it is possible to send 
i*lour to Germany, as you hnve suggested in your issue of last Saturday. It 
is my opinion that this should have been done much sooner because now it will 
be a real tou.^^h job, since England (God punish herl) will carry out her 
threat and seize all goods going to or coming from Germany. A little v/hile 

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back it could have been done, because if food ships could be sent to 
Belgium for the **poor children" there, there would be no reason why they 
could not h-'Ve been oent for Ger::i^in children as well. But there was no- 
body to orr-:anize such a thing. I a.T. certain that every Gernan would have 
given a quantity of flour or something of the kind. I myself have wondered, 
for weeks past, whether there wasn't some way to get foodstuffs over there. 
The United Stete.. could not refuse to let Ainericrin c rgc vessels sail for 
Germany. Two ways are open, the direct and the indirect. The latter, of 
course, would be much more expensive and would take longer. As to the first, 
Germany would have to furnish convoy protection, which she gladly would and 
could do* Thats' the way I fi^-:ured it out, providing, Italy would not object 
to transshipment. 

[signed] G. Roemmelt ^ 

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Your plan to use the parcel oot^t [for food shipment] is certainly -m excellent 
one and of great importance, if it is fensible, and every German and Austro- 

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Hungarian should welcome it. The mailin,^ expenses naturally are very 
high, but it would be ridiculous to apply business standards here where it 
is a case of charity, A few dollars or shillings do not mean so much when 
a crisis can be averted. Let us not forget that our folks over there make 
much greater sacrifices. Should we let a few dollars stand in the wajr? 
Of course not! We must go to the rescue! Every German and Austro-Hungarian 
will surely do his best^to make your plan a success. 

/signedT" M. Geberger. 


Your article of March 13 regarding parcel post flour shipments to Germany 
really contains tne best suggestion we have come across since the war started. . i*? 
If we can do it, we would again prove our noble sentiments to our fellow C::^ 
Americans, while John Bull will have a fit and lose another poison fang. 

We will proudly carry that ten-pound parcel to the post office. By the v/ay, | 
we may soon find a business firm which would put up standard packages at \\ 

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reasonable rates and ta^e over the maillns job. 

/sic^ned/ J. W. Richter 

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Today I read your article '•Parcel Post to the Rescue^. I beg yon to work 
for the realization of your plan as you hcve outlined it at the conclusion 
of your article. But it must be made the business of all Germans and Ger- 
man sympathizers in the country, by means of an effective propaganda campai;gn 
(one week isn't enough) in all pro-Genaan newspapers of the country, by fl 

German and pro-German associations, by petitions circulated among club mem- ^ 
bers, and then a day or, should I say, a certain hour should be fixed, when 55 
everybody v;ould dash for the post office with pushcarts and express wagons, !^ 
and make it hot for those clerks, mailing the flour parcels. c^ 



Those poor folks in Germany must be suffering right nov; ar^cordinf; to a letter 
received from the old country. Ri^^iit now is the time to do something about 
it. Many thousands would be willing to wrap and mail parcels for a week. 

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And if this thing works out it raay be done rermlarly, say -t the first 
of each nonth. We >vould not bef^rudge Uncle Sam all the postage he'll get, 
even if he acts very unfriendly toward our native land at present. 

The war will end v;ith a great Ger:rian victory. Then Germany and the v;orld 
will recognize with amazement the great moral deed done by the German- 
Americans. And all the Anglo-maniacs here, and over there, //ill shamefully ^ 
confess, "?/e have not fed the nations Aith bread, but v.ith cannon''. ^ 

[sipnedj Reverend Karl Cstenkoetter ri 


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England wants to starve out Germany^ By the most ruthless and brutal 
application of her own sea-pov:er and that of France, in disregard of inter- 
national law and all trade rights of neutral nations, Germany and Austria- 
Hungaiy are to be cut off from aJ.l overseas trade, and particularly from all 
imports of foodstuffs. At the same time "England expects to feed her own ^ 

people and France by importing American provisions. Huge quantities of 
American wheat have been bought up and shipped to England and ^ance; many S 
more millions of bushels of v^eat are stored in the grain elevatorf? of our 
Eastern ports, ready to be loaded on board ship, and still more quantities are 
being bought by the English* England is claiming the entire American wheat sur- 
plus for herself. A large portion of this wheat crop was raised by German 
farmers, and millions of Americans of German b3.ood and heritage are sick at 
heart when they realize that all this golden grain, raised on American soil 
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German- Americans are trying to find v/ays and means by v/hlch their brothers 
and sisters /ovbt ther^ may receive some of /jnerica^s wheat surplus and thus 
thwart the devili*7h plan of Germany's arch eneiny, since a shortsighted American 
business policy knew how to forestall an export embargo, lA^ich would have put 
an end to partiality. 

A remedy is believed to have been found. It is suggested that every 'lerman 
and Austro-Hungarian man and woman should send their relatives and acquaintances 
in the Reich and in the dual monarchy foodstuffs via parcel post I Especially 
pure American wheat flour in ten-pound packages I 

VJould that be possible? Of coursel Flour If, not contraband, and may not be 
considered as such if it is destined for noncombatant civilians. International 
law says so, and that is also attitude of the United States Government in regard 
to the British starvation policy. The United States Mail will accept flour 
packages, properly v/rapped, for parcel post service to Germany and Austria- 
Hungary. The U. S. Mail has to accept such parcels, and could not reject them 



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if it wanted to# 

VJould this scheme be practicable ? Is a small flour shipment to Germany- 
advisable? In a practical business sense, nol Because ten pounds of flour-- 
and more could not be sent in a single parcel, since the weip^ht limit is eleven 
pounds, and about one pound would go for the wrapper — represent a value of 
nearly forty cents at prevailing prices. The mailing expenses would be '\^1.45 
to .*1.50 including wrappings, postage and insurance. The parcel postage alone 
would be about J!-1.5S and insurance ten cents per package. The "gravy" therefore 
would be much more expensive than the "roast," so to speak, and from a business 
point of view the enterprise v/ould be unpracticable and inadvisable on account 
of the high overhead. Even so, it wouJ.d hardly be possible to nourish the 
German people in this v/ay or even furnish them with an appreciable amoimt of 
their food requirements. 

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The United ^States Mail v/ould not be equal to that task, and would probably 

soon collapse under that volume of flour parcels. Besides, there are not enough 

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Mail steamers available to transport all those flour gifts. 

Other problams and sentimental coni^iderations are also involved in this scheme. 

Even if it may not be possible, in this marner, to provide the blood relatives 5 
**over there'* with the thousands of tons of flour which would be needed to put 
that delicious white roll back on the ^rerman breakfast table, nevertheless 
any flour parcels that could be mailed would make the recipient families in 
Germany and Austria very, very happy, and would relieve their food problems 
to some extent. Besides, it would vex "our" good enemies, the British, no 
end. Supposinp; a v;eek from, today news would get around that, vrtthin the last fe 
fev; days, German- Americans had mailed hundreds of thousands of flour parcels 
to Germany, and that the movament was spreading among German and Austrian 
Americans, would not the Britishers be scared and say: "And there are about 
twenty millions of that kind in America. V.liat is going to happen, where are we 
going to get wheat and flour, how can we starve the Germans out?" 



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The probable impression v^hich this enterprise would maVe on the English, 
would be worth the trial I 

There are other possibilities which ^.'^ould make the experiment highly tempting, 
but we cannot go into that nov7. .7e just wanted to submit the idea to our 
readers. In case of a favorable reaction the Abendpost will be glad to find 
out how the plan could be carried out best and most efficiently and with the 
least possible expense, and v:ill report on it in its local columns. Other 
ways could also be devised. V.Tiat do you thjnk of it? 


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Illinois Staats Zoitans, Febru'.ry ?6, 191o, 


The Crerman Society held it?, ^^.r.aual meeting in the Bismarck -{otel under 
the lf5'^dership 0:* Miachel F. Girten. A short report of the activities 
of trie Society in 1914 was givenS 3,207 persons received cash relief, 
amo^^ntin^ to $8,7nl.30,menls were r:iven to 10, 882 persons, besides 
shelt'^r to 1,218 a-nountin^ to $1,577.80 a sum total c"^ $1G,?>39.G0. 

The eiixlo^'inent office of the Society places 3,442 pert?ons; 51 persons 
Y:ere admitted to various hospitcls, 7 per^^ns found shelter in other 
institutions, 344 persons 7:ere given le^:£.l protection; mail, concern- 
in:^: T?^oi'k, or for persons without permanent residence, amounting to 
5,179 iras mediated^ 

Fre5ic'"ent Girten point^: to the necesr>ity of new members; extra- 
oriir.:.ry circu:::st"nceG, he asserts, reflects upon the Society which 
causes tremendous expenses, referrin^r to congestion of business, 
tjir rlcsing of the stock exchange, a of the world war; further- 
:r.e arrival of n;any German reservists from otlier cities, which 
ir^ :: t'le inircssitility of being sent to Gerriany, rer.ain here; 

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the Kie.jority, however heing without any means whatsoever tc exist, 
irais^i he taken caro of, thus causing a tren^endous strain upon the 
socirty, although the German Consulate effectively secured era- 
ploj'^iriont for a few; nevertheless, the hea^^'- burden rest upon the society, 
therefore the necessity of securing new merrihers and accepts. nee of 
donations of all kinds are commendable. 



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gi]r:.a:: 2<.d AU3;:i^c-rrL-:'.'^Rix: v;:ir relief .t330ci;.Tioi: 

( S'Ave rt i ser.:ent ) 

To our co-v/orkers: • 

Vie are v/ell av;are that v/e have raado c^'^at and continuous denands upon the 
friends of this f-ood cause ever since our organization v;as started. ^Ve 
v/ould have failed in our duty if v;e liad not done so. 

Since v;e be^an our collection drive, v/e have borne in nind that our 
huiianitarian efforts must I-zeep pace v:ith the titanic struggle of our 
brothers in the old country. Liiiited only by our neutrality legislation, 
v/e air.ed to rive those v/]lo '';ere bearing the heavy burden of v;ar, our active 
support, and thei:i av/are of the deep conpassion v/hich their brothers and 

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sisters here in /unerica have felt for them. 

The result of our activities v;ill shov; to ;/hat decree v:e have succeeded 
in that. 

It nov/ seeiTis certain tliat the contest v;hich is raging in Hurope v/ill not 
be decided v:ithiri a comparatively short tine, as vie had reason to believe 
in the becinnine , but that this v/orld conflacration :iay last nonths or even 

.«hat is our attitude i.i viev; of this develop] lent? Can v;e or should we say: 
"Cur v;ork is finished. The generosity and charity of the Oernrms and 
Austro-Hunr.arians in Ajuerica is exhausted. 'Je cannot do any nore*; ".v"e 
cannot do that. Vie mustn't! 

V/e y/ould fail in the nission v/e have unaertahen if v;e should ar^nie like 

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that. V/e also believe that tliose v;ho have so far vjillingly lent us their 
ea^er support v;ould not be pleased if v;e should discontinue our v/ork. 

And so the all important luestion /.resents itself: 3y ^^/hich ijeans are vie 
to safecuard the continued existence of our . -association? IIov; are vie to 
raise the funds v;hich v/ould nake it possible for us to carry on v/ith the 
task that is confrontin£ us? 

I7e are turning a^ain to those nany thousands v;ho have so (jl^^ly co-operated 
with us in the past. v;e now have to enlist a large number of menibers in r 

our organization v/ho v;ill be vrilling to pledge regular contributions . from 
noTv on until the end of the v;ar. In other words, vie want to put our IVar 
Relief Association on a permanent basis. That is the only possible \ia:y to 
continue this great v/ork v^rhich has had such a promising beginning. Only 
in this fashion can v:e hope to be equal to our assignment, v/hich is to 

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give relief and consolation to the v/ounded, the v/idov;s, and the orphans. 

j'e are confident that all those who have supported us in the past ivill 
continue to give us a helping hand in our future efforts. V 

Bear in mind, you men and wccien, that you are livinc in a great time, F 
unequalled in the history of mankind. Prove yourselves to be v/orthy of - 
it. Do not forcet those v/ho are standing in battle and need your assistance, r; 
Hemember the men v/ho are risking tlieir lives so that Gemany and Austria- ^ 
Hungary nay not perish. Don*t forget the tremendous sacrifices v/hich are a^^ 
being made over there. ITiinic of the v/ounded, and help provide the means ^ 
to make their lot easier, "{enember the ones who are left behind by those 
v/hom the '/ar has claimed. Join the ranlcs of the men and v/omen who are 
rallying around the banner of charity ani mercy, i^s the men v;ill be 
remembered v/ho have fallen on the field of honor, you, too, will be remembered 

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in times to come, if you ao your share in alleviating the suffering. 

German and Austro-Hungarian War-Relief Association, 

Charles Henry Wacker, President 

Oscar :^. Mayer, Treasurer 

Julius aoldzier, Secretary 

Karl Sitel, Chairrri;in of finance Conmittee ;;^ 

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This terrible war v/nicli was forced upon Garnany and Austria-Hungary has been 
going on for months nov/, and the .not to of our brothers in the old country 
is 'Victory or Death"* 

V7e are in constant suspense about the fate of our blood brothers in the 
homeland; and we do our best to ..lake our relief v/ork for the alleviation of 
their distress a success. 

The Chicago German eleiuant has responded gallantly to our call for financial 
help, but public opinion has been systematically poisoned by false news 
reports in the papers. Our Gerrrian press is doing its ut.nost to clear things 

But now we have the opportunity of hearing the best qu^^if led representative 

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IV of the Gorxan Reich, who ..^ill give us firsthand information. It 
is no other than Dr. Bernhard Dernburg, Colonial Minister 

of the Gei^.an Reich and a well-knovm patriot, dipolnat, and orator. 

The Deutsche und Desterreichisch-Ungarische Milfsgesellschaft /Geriuan and 
Austro-Hungarian Relief Association/ has therefore called a mass meeting 
for Thursday, Deceniber 10, 1914, at 8 ?• LI. in the I.Iedinah Temple, Gass, 
Ontario, and ^rie Streets* The Chicago German element is heartily invited 
to attend. 

Besides Dr. Demburg, LIr. Charles II. ./acker. Dr. Smil /g^T Kirsch, Llr. Harry 
Rubens and Dr. George Scherger, professor at the .ixmour Institute, will 
also speak. 

Admission into the Hall, v/hich has a capacity of four thousand seats, is 


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IV One thousand rese37vad seats will be sold at one dollar each to cover 
expenses* Tickets can bs obtained at the offices of the Hamburg- 
American Lines, corner Randolph and La Salle Streets, 

The undersigned appeal to the Chicago German element to cone to this meeting. :- 

The GeriTian vereine /societie^ are requested to send their flags and 
standards to the Iledinah Temple in the evening fot the meeting/. The presi- " 
dents, secretaries, and standard bearers /of the varein^ are to mount the [ 
stage. Tickets for this can be had at our office at La Salle and Randolph 

Germans, Austrians, and Hungarians, come all, and prove yourselves v/orthy 
of the noble cause. 


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"Ite (Jeman and Austro-Hungarian 
Relief Association, 

(signed) Charles H, ./acker. President, 
Julius Goldzier, Secretary. 


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Abendpost , IIov. 8, 1914. 

The iianat;©nent of the Austro-KuiiGarian Relief Associcition directs the follovanc 
appeal to the Chica£;o Geri;ian element: "Friends: l/hile war is raging in the 
old country, while our loved ones over there are starving and suffering, v/e are 
doing our part over here to relieve their miserj^, I^oney is being collected 
from all sources, and everj^body is doing his best to riake this relief vrark a 
success. That is why the Austro-IIungarian Relief Association has decided to 
arrange for a great bazaar, to be held at the la Salle Turner Eall, Larrabee 
Street near Garfield .ivenue, beginning next Saturday, and ending November 22. 
Gifts valued at over one thousand dollars have been collected, and eighty 
beautiful young ladies will sell them. Every night there will be a different 
program, thus combining pleasure with business. The opening night, of course, 
will be a special affair. 

"The undersigned are appealing to all those ./hose syiapathy goes across the 

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ooeu:i to the brothe:?^ and sister j in tlie old coantr^r, :viio have not vet for^'otten 
thoi!"* natiYO soil, ^7ho stand for justice imd f?.iri^^*ss, -dnd v;hose iioarts feel 
conpai^sion for all those tlionsands of victijis v;hioh thio blooid^- war is derand- 
in3 every day, .;e are appealin:: to all v/ho have lovo for thoir fellov; :i3n to 
participate in our bazaar, and to do their share, so that v;o can raise a lar*-*^ 
su.n to be turned over to the Cleniian and .tustro-llunjarian 1-Leli<^f Association. 

"Cone onr^ , corae alll Help u.^, and sho-- u*^ that, as Gor:ians, .jjs'trians, and 
Hungarians, you are capable of a noble deed. 

"(Signed) Leopold Neumann, President, 
"Loujs Ille, Secretary, 

Austro-Hunjarian ?.el:Ief Association, 
branch of the (^ernan and .-.ustro-Hun^arian 
?.oliof Association." 


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According to a report sibraitted by Business I.Ianager F. von V/-;sov/ to the 
board of directors of the Ger :an Society at their last monthly neeting, 
ninety-three fanilies (including 261 children and 172 single persons, 
among them 26 women) '.vere given cash relief, and 1006 meals and 129 nightly 
shelters ware provided for unemployed and homeless people* in recommenda- 
tion, and through the facilities of the Society, five persons were admitted 
fro3 to hospitals, one to a sanitarium, six to county institutions — seven 
received free medicine and medical care, and one family vjas provided with I;: 
coal. The cash expenditures for relief purposes /;ere «f.89S,64* £: 


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.Vork was provided for 242 i)ersons. It was noticed that unom-nlo^nn'jnt had 
steadily increased during the last fevv months, and there are indications that 
the number of unemployed, already a staggoring figure, will continue to 
grow. The more unemplo^rment , the greater the destitution and misery, 

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and the more people will turn for aid to the Geiman Society. This 
will put an extra strain on the resources of the Society  To .Tieet this 
emergency in a msinner -orthy of the Chicago Gorman element, the Society 
appeals to all charit ibly inclined Germans to re.iemDar their suffering 
Gennan neighbors in this city, either by becoming members of the Society 
(minimum annual dues .5.00) or bv sending in a conuribution. 

Incidentally, the Society has turned over a substantial amount of monej'' 

(from the profits of its Sixtieth Anniversar:,'' celebration nt the I.'edinah p 

Tem.ple) to the German and ii.ustro-'Iun,5arian Relief .association for .var \^ 

relief purposes. fo 

V;ifch winter just around tho comer, there are already requests for ;varm 
clothing, underwear, und shoes for men, v;omen, and children, .ill chari- 
table persons v/ho can spare things like that are requested to turn them 

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over to the Gerian Socisty, ".viiich will pic : them up proniptly if 
notified either by aail or telephone. The address is 153 ITorth La Salle 
Street, telephone i.Iain 4025. 

Casli contributions also may be sent there. Chec::s and nonsy orders must 
be made out to the "Oeiraan Society of Chicago^. 




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Sonntagpost (Sunday Edition of Abendpost ) , 

Oct. 4, 1914. 

Only a Little Uore Than Half a Million Dollars 

Colloeted So Far 

The Relief Fund for the war victims in Genaanj'' and Austria which is beins 
collected in Gennan-iimerica, and for which a goal of two raillion dollars 
has been fixed, may hardly have topped the half million dollar mark, 
according to the Press Bureau of the Gernian-American National Bund, The 
Press Bureau has based its calculations on coMpilations of reports of German 
nevfspapors giving the results of collections all over the coxintry* 

A sura of twenty-five thousand dollars, in proportion to its inhabitants the 
largest aioDunt collectel (a little over ninety-one thousand) was contributed 
in Reading, Pennsylvania ^ If the Gernian element in other cities would 
display the saiiie generosity, the sum of two million dollars would soon be raised. 
Unfortunately, this is not the case. In Philadelphia, whose population is 

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Oct. 4, 1914. 

sixteen times as large as that of the capital of Berks County, not quite 
eighteen thousand dollars had been collected, according to a collection 
list published Septonbor 27, even thou^i the Relief drive started as early 
as AU^aist 9. In other cities the collections do not ix^ke imich prorress 
either • 

Tliere is too inuch s:,n;ipathy by viord and too little s^aipathy backed by action 
in Gerinan-.lmericc: • One is too generous v/ith beautiful phrases, but too 
ti;::ht with the pocketbook. One is satisfied to have a coU.ection list 
circulate air£)ng one's friends v;ithout -^ivinc:' an inspirinr'j-, example by reach- 
ing into one's ovjn pocket and sending a substantial anount to the treasurer 
of the local Relief GoLaiittce. 

;jid it is a Gtranne fact that the spirit of sacrifice is iiuch i.iore m evi- 
dence v;ith the little fellov; who is not blessed vath earthly possessions. 

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Oct. 4, 1914. 

and with those German women who find it hard to make both ends meet, than 
in Geriiian-American circles where pennies don*t have to be pinched any more, 
because they have inade their pile. If people, who are reputed to be worth 
one hundred thousand dollars find it hard to pledge even one hundred dollars, 
Tve can only say that it must be a lack of affection for the old country and 
an inlication of false "economy". 

Neither have German vereine and societies lived up to the expectations which 
could properly be placed in their c^nerosity and spirit. A good account was 
given by the lodges of the Herraannessoehne and some war veteran societies, 
like the one in Omaha, Nebraska, which turned their entire building funds of 
twelve hundred dollars over to the Relief Fund. 

Of course the most shining example of German charity was provided by the 

Hod Carriers Union of Chicago which, as has already been reported, contributed 

five thousand dollars out of their treasury to the Relief Fund. This noble 

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deed of true humanity and ]patriotism deserves to be inscribed with golden 
letters in the history book of German-America* 

Everybody should make it his duty to give ten per cent of his weekly incoirne 
for the good cause during the next five weeks* Of our well-to-do and ef- 
fluent German fello?/ citizens we can justly expect that they donate one per 
cent of their fortune to the V/ar Relief Fund* 

If that is donc^ not only tvro million, but at least ten million dollars can 
be sent as a gift from German-America to the old country''* It is also recom- 
mended not only to make good resolutions but to carry them out* He who gives 
quickly, gives double* This is not a drive for voluntary contributions for 
a monument or a hospital, but a campaign for aid to our old coxintry which is 
bleeding from a thousand wounds inflicted while fi^^tin^; off her enemies* 


In this caii5)aign we must not be tight with our purnes and pinch pennies 

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Oct 4, 1914. 


Anybody who is indifferent to the plight of his native land, to which we 
are tied with a thousand bands, vdio keeps his pocket closed in the face 
of distress, who is still aebating with himself and hesitant to make a 
contribution, wlio wants to see first what his friends and neighbors are 
doin2 and who will not move unless the others liave done something first, 
should be ashamed of himself from the bottom of his hearts 

Because this campaii^n has made such slov; procress, comparatively, we think 
it is about time to talk cold turkey, Me want to see these contributions 
come in fast and plenty. It is certainly iwron^ if the German element of a 
great metropolis point to a collection of twelve thousand dollars and call 
it a ^'large amount for our city#" It isn^t that at all. On the contrary, 
it's a disgrace — a public confession of indifference and lack of /o^mxia.^ 



This is not an everyday charity affair. It is an action of lovo for our 

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Oct. 4, 1914. 

old country, which for the first time in forty-four 3^ears needs our help ^ 

again. Ee who remains callous and indifferent now, when his "Ifother ^~ 

(Jenaania*^ is in distress, isn^t ivorthy to bear a German name; he is in 
fact a fellov/ without a country, with on conscience, vdth no compassion 
for his blood brothers and his Vo Iks turn* ^ 


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Sept. 13, 1914. 

Contribute Five Thousand Dollars to Relief Fund 

A noble deed v/hich deserves our respect was done by the German Hod Carriers' 
Union, Local if&. Four Union officials, Charles Engel, Gustav Gaedecke, and 
Edward Richter, trustees, and Aucust Pioch, treasurer, caiue into the office 
of the Abendpost last night and annoxinced v/ithout preliminary'' that their 
Union had decided to contribute the suin of five thousand dollars to the Relief 
Fund of the Deutsche and Oesterreichisch-Ungarische Ililfsgesellschaft ( German 
and Austro-Kungarian Aid Society). They had brought the cash with then and 
they proceeded to pay it at once. 

The employees in the newspaper office thought that their eyes and ears had 
deceived them, but it v/as really true. Five thousand dollars v/as turned 
over by plain German working men who earn their daily bread by the sv/eat of 
their brov/. Truly loyal German hearts must beat \inder those overalls for 
the beloved native land v/hich, surro\inded by enemies, is fighting so bravely 




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for her national existence • 

The Union of the German Hod Carriers has between six and seven thousand 
xnembers. At a Union meeting they had enthusiastically voted for that 
large sum to be disbursed by their treasury—built up of membership dues— r^. 
to be used for the relief of distress and pain in Germany and Austria* -;; 
Hungary • It is a gift of love in the noblest sense of the word, because ^ 
it ceLjre from people who cannot easily afford such sacrifices. It is made § 
up of thousands of small amoxmts and its intrinsic value is much higher ;;^ 
than the actual amoimt in figures. It is the spirit of a united willingness § 
to sacrifice, and of unselfish German love of neighbor. The German Hod ^ 
Carriers Union has highly honored itself with this gift. Three cheers for 
the German Hod Carriers! 

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^e,)t. 13, 1914* 

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The ivustrian and ilunr-arian Vercine, asjocinted v.ith the Gernan and ..ustro- ^ 

Hungarian ^^id Jociety, held a rr.eetin:- last ni'ht in the I/a Jalle Turner Hall 5 

in order to cor.plete the or/'EOiization of a /FranchT" ^^ia Society, Iwr. Jchick, <::i 

cashier of the north ..venue Jtate Bank, was elected treasurer, and all p 

associated vereine v:ere reauested to turn all relief i::oney collected fron X. 

nov; on over to hin. The su^n of ,789.00 v;as handed over last ni-'ht. • '" 

It v;as also decided to continue v;ith the sale of Hed Cross buttons, v/hich had 
netted txvo hundred dollars so far, and to put iriore collection lists into 

On a sur:gestion of the, :,.r. Neonann, it v/as decided to have the 
promotion conraittee visit all the festivities /?;iven by the .vUstro-Hun:;^arian 

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Jept. 13, 1914. 

vereine and to help the Ked CJrocs by putting up collection boxes. 

During the v/eek be^innincj r;ove:riber 14, there will be a bazaar in the La Jalle 

IXirner riall, the net profits of which v.ill --o to the Relief Fund. The ^ 

Xueiubers asserabled appointed themselves in toto as a promotion cororaittee for 

the purpose of collecting ci^ts for a raffle at the bazaar, and every nenber 

of this coirL.attee will be authorized in v.ritin:: to accept such ^^i^ts. 

Places of collection are to be established in all parts of the city and will 

be announced later. iUiother corrj.iittee r.eetinc is goinc to be held next 

Thursday at the La ^alle Turner Hall in order to appoint the necessary sub- < 

cojTLTiittees. : 

iifter it was announced that Director Danner of the C^ernania Theater v.ould give 
a gala perfornance of the play 'llerrnanns 3chlacht" for the benefit of the Red 
Cross, and that all the mernbers of the iiid oociety were to contribute their 

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::ational Jo'J:dttee for .veliei* ..or> i3 .a::, of 

The -.una -e: /rot of tho DeuLccl::' urA Cor:torroichisch-Uiv:ariscL8 .:ilf :i-83ej.lsc:iart 
of Chica-o __'":er::an and .-.ustro- .un-^iria^ .dd .^wciot;^'^ publishes belov; a list oi 
all the nuicf contribution:^ t:. their roliof fu:id tbron-L r^U"U-t ::i. 

'Pile list, 7;bicb includos tbe na-.oo of tbe donoro in a Ion.- ono, but at that 
it is only a faint roflection of tho -:eneronit:- of t}:o aGr.'Lan-..-'orican ■[^qt^j- 

^fter the ^.id Society had bo-n estahlinhod on ..irnist 7, its first :ob vjas to 
organize this ^vorh of roliof. Collection has h:^dl:' started. 'Jhe follov;in • 
list onl'^ re-^rosents snv:s colleotod bv the . U^end ost by oonns of a^^ :roxi- 
i.:ately one hundred circulatin • collection lists. ..bout eighteen hundi^ed of 
these lists are still in circulation. : an;^ substantial a-:ounts v:hich vrere 


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pl:^cl-?d SO' e ti':e a'*o have :io^ bo^n ^".lic: :''^t. ^ -^re i^ no doubt 
that the total -XiOunt re~^:n'ted oelo^v .r5-^rene::ts o;il:^ a fractior] o2 t' o 
total to b3 collocte.- . 


•■■^rLa;:9r':ent o^ L:.e .^id ^cciotv iias ■-'.■uolir; ci •.. ? ll: ount collect-eci, iirotly, 
to 3iLO. ti-e '^ublic -.vhat has boeri acco- linliod so far, and "econdlv — and this 

^ler;:;an olorent and tho sons and dau' oT .i.u:itria-hnn-:ar7, ]t is the 
ardent v:i3h •"^f t- 9 .li 1 jociot:" and its -lana^esnt to ut t^^is .^oliof .ov\ on 
a '^/.itional seals. 'To do ".onstrate t' tho /.'c nls that th.o _n-v'::orican^ blood 
brot::3r3 of the her-'an natic^^s wo., f i d tin'* Ton f'oir honnr and existence vorh 
to^-ether >.lt'' t  e sa^^e de-ree of harncny and coo:eration in sacrificing for 
the relief of distress as co the den-an and .^strc-hui. -arian arriies on the 
blood:/ battlefields in t' e east and 




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_n union t!;er3 is stren-^th, hnl'' unanimous co-o"^er< 

results ^'Ossil^le. 'I'he Deutsche nno .,esterreicl isch-Vn -lariscj.e hilfs-'esellschaft 

:C^e^d^o-ty :e t. 4, 19 M. 

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of Chlca-o belir,'os i". t;.:^ -;-tLiblis:--ont of a nat 
tc r-ich all the ;i':^re:- tlvit - r/ '-o colloct-i in .. oi-ica f'r ::i:.:ilar ur.;u 
sl-ould "-■e trannxarre" . 

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C::ic:\-o has no '--sire to ear:, seci-il 'lor-- or a rivil3.:od -osition. 
only war^ts t':\e g?9ate3t cuccoss. TLo o-inlon rere in that a consolidation 
of the .belief . ri-: v'ould not:, detr-ict fro.: t;.o irv ::'taoco of local co:j:iittoes 
"^la^^ters"^ v;hic]i have hee.i forced or ;,ill he foroed in other citlos. in order 
to or-anoz3 as r-.iaiy aio ooci oti -o on t'o- oa:o3 oasi^ ..'ith the Chicaoo .->ocioty 
as is -oGsible, the Chica -o r^id ^oci^t- vail -ladly offor its advice and 
experience tc individual citizens a^»c: vereino of other cities who do not yet 
have any organization for the oro:.-otion of the heliof .orh. hut the Ohicayo 
oociet:^ v:ishes and ur-entl:' advises the for ition of a national cornittee, 
consistin : of the -oot -ro'iineot 'h?r^nan-.v 'ericans ai:d .v.oricans of ^ustro- 
i^unyarian descent, in ;:hich. all local .societies v/ould he r3::reoented, and 
v:here all the funds collected ;;ould be oooled. This v;oulo :ive a fittinr 
ex^-^ression of sclidarit" a:y..:\-: der::an'.''s -irKl .^uotria-huri-ary' s sons and 




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a ::yro::i...ab^ly fix teen hundred col3 -^ctir^^: ll:3t:^ ir. circulation, .^ad the un-^aid 
■^led'"j3 ::ad3 on thene liratn cannot be calcalntod at t":is ti a^. dut :^inc9 

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r:e::t -uiblieatio:: , '/'.ici: /;ill c^'io mt In lA^out a vree': or so, ;;ill 
inform cur roalers on t!ie :"ro 'ress of the collection drive. 

.i.bendpost Conjany ;I,0}0.00; 

Julius 1 33"lor IjO'iO.'jQ; 

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"lis^iarc": Totol Col": ":an:.' 1, '300.00; 

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.ji.Gtri-inG :ind Y:.::!- rians Co-opor-:to iri !3ll-3f .ork 

Tho orr^corg ajid r^pr-j ;e:i'v;tive.: o: the :-Mctri'm -and Iiin-urliin Yoroiiie (.uT-o- 
ci.ati':-^ns) ret lait ni *ht in the L'.< ^^^11^=^ Jurnor :-a11, in order to found an 
:.i:ctro--A?nr*--riari br .nc^i of the '^^v.vim led Jro:-:^ Joci^ity, ond to eot.:.d:li3h an 
institution ''of \±.ic)h o can bo proud in ti.-^o to oouo,'* U3 the chairnun of 
the reotin :, :..r, Leopold ::oiL'iuna, declared in ^n onthusiustic uddr33S. lie 
said the purpose of th'^ ne^tin^^ v-g to rai-:o 'i 1 r po v7::ount of r\o:\-rr for the 
•^roat v;ork. and to lo^ionstr te^ to the v;orld that .-uctrianr' .nd ''unrp^ri ins aro 
united in this nove-ont • :.onen*s acooci-^t 1 nG v.ero aloo V;ell ro^or ..::ontod* 
The ninutos of the nr^lininary i^eotinc of last Saturday v;er3 uo_td by the oecro- 
tary, Louis Ilia, and uoro up rovod. Trio follorin-^ .ti ns ap^Uiod for 
:nenl3arship: ]asonburper I .aonnor-ci-Or (: ale Ohorus; Cesterroich-Unpirischer 
^^esan^verein (;^istro-lIun/-:rian "M^.e Club), Jtoc> ip; ;:i3on, Oostarreiciii-ch- 
Un ••-'rischor Jlr-aikfinuntorstuotzunr-avorein (.'a^stro-Hun- rian 3ic'c Id jociotyj, 
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Oesterreiciier und Bayern Krankenunterstuetzungsverein (Sick Aid Sociaty^ 
for Austrians and Bavarians), Kranlcen und Fortbilaungsverein der Deutsch-Ungam 
(Sick Aid and Educational Advaacenient Society of Oamian-Kungarians), Ungar- 
landischer Krankenunterstuetzungsverein (Hungarian Sick rdd Association) , * 
Deutsch-Ungarischer HTbeitermaennerchor (German-Kungarian VJorkingmen^s Male ^ 
Chorus) Lincoln Park Lodge, Tiroler and Vorlberger Verein, Banater jimger ^ 
Maennerchor (Young Hale Chorus of Bonat), and ^iisenburger Krankenunterstuetz- >!! 

ungsverein (3isenburg Sick Aid Association). ^ 


The last -mentioned Verein announced a contribution of two hundred and fifty dol- ' > 
lars, also another fifty dollars collected during the meeting. Collections are ' * 
to be continued. The German-Hungarian Verein contributed fifty dollars and will 
continue collections. The Verein of Tyrol ana Vorarlberg announced a contribu- 
tion of one hundred dollars, tne Stock im Eisen Verein announced an amount or 
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had ."^iven a ten-cro'.Tx '-old rdece vfhich he h'.:/] just bi^c-a.-^ht over fror. 
the oi. country. Tl.e Lincoln Lod -3 of the Order ol* "..utu'il rroteotion hiG call^^d 
-\ public r.eotiiie: for next Thursday '■:iV'":;'uri=-, in jiobon's :i;ll, on Clybourn .-.vemie, 
for the C'lrne purroso. .vorybcdy is invit-:-d to C':^v:3. 'Jhe ch-jir-ian arinoMnced tlr^t 
the colloction \:ovK '.."as rirlriny ^-ood •^roTo^:.'", tnat v .ric^^s co* 'litteos T7ere to 
contact all -roll-to-do ne-ibors busiiessnen ''^cr contributions. Jvjrybody is 
outtinr hi^ whole he irt 'ind soul into it. .v treasurer h ;d to bo olectod v/ho 
•.:culd h.-.v: to Mit up Ji ton th.usun-: dollar bond. 

I'r. Locpold -ieui'i-inji v;-iS then unaninously elected - or -.anent Ciiuiri.ian, and IJr. Ille 
T'^-^s n--.:ied as socretar^.^, I'r. !^euji.':jnn e:cpros::od thanks for the honor, iiid proi:iised 
to do his best for the ^ood can '.e» lien the election of u treasurer ^^•-1.s dis- 
cusse;;, 1 r. rj-rl Unsor -e point'^^d ^':t t::at ti.e lUstrians and liun ;arians could 
oasil'' r'::.ise fort'" th.'-nsand doll-.r , •tlthoii^^'^i nost of then belon -ed to the labor- 
in- class, hr. re^n-mn ann'^unced thvit he a'ould ^resent the neetin-s v;ith a plan 
v.^hereby a l-.r e suj.i could be raised, x sur;. of v;hich the cc:.:patriots v/ould not 
have to be a:h jaod. hith yreat appl-;use, :..r. Charles IIecV:l v; .s elected treasurer; 


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L.r. Leopold oaltiel, an ..Uotrian, uid i.r. r. -.rl Ditti.a;-or, ^ Ilirar'-.rian, 

vice-presideats; \..vr:>m Karoline :.i3C!ior v;ar: eloctod ::ocret .ry o:? the MOnon's 
;j^GOciation« \..vz. Fi.rclier ].rwni3ed to do every thi:;.^. swo could. 'Die pi"03i- 
dents of all the other Veroino v/ere elected rieMbnrs of t-he exec^ tivo corirriittee. 

Then all kind?: of Gur • .-tions v;ore r.ade as to hox7 to rai-'o money. :.r, ''ev/vinn ^tx 

suf^^'-c^ted that a t"j; day for the .^.ed >roGG i:ould be a '^ood idea, since church p- 

ory-'nizations and ch iritable ia:^titutioas hid bee;: allov^-d to collect iijney on "!I^ 

the street s» Jven th .)U -h the Mayor's reoreseat-.tive had r-jjected such a pro- ^ 
posal, the riayor h' ;:elf v:oi:ld Trob-ibly -ivo his CfTi.:-;r'*to Ir. yiltiel ob::erved 
that ••ach a • ^oceda^e (tj- day) ni ^-ht violate ne^trJity, thit it vz-is a forri 

Ol* ber-iny, and that it v/ould cauae ro eatrent -^L'-^ion'- the 'i^lavs and oth'-r ho":tile "^ 
elenents« a'e believed that it a-is in riuch better ta>:te and rioro ai^aiified to 
collect froin "^rer^iian fellov; citizens and bu;;ines3 frie.:ds» If that ;i:^ ^ot arove 
succecsful, they niyht as i^ell clo.-e ap :-jho^% I r# h.-irl /.nsorye ayreea L^th hiTi 
and ^ooint d out that a r "r;lfin {t \r day) aas alr-'-jdy imder consideration 
b'^.'' the - jnarican .^ed Gro :3, Jhe couvfon quo3tion ".as bror, ait ur by hr. .jidre-is ..Cost. 




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Dr. .i. D. .:ein-;^r tnou -ht -i 1 tne^e su ••^^-'ti^^ns ir-nr-jctic-ible. He 
said nobod'/ could fore: ell hov/ Ion * this ^'ur v/ould l.-ist, how ilOT' hvu.rin liv 
it would oo.':t, hov7 ^^:irvj ';:idov;:: una orphans \/ould becone dependeit on public 
relief » .']nthusi-;rjf . r.^av soon die -\<y:7n. Ri-lt :lov; eroiuo -nd nienbors v.-Gro 
fallin.'^ over o :ch other to oo;itribute 1- r^->' n^nts, but how loa;- v:ould th-tt 
last? It vJO'ild be bet'^er if every Torein and evirry nieribor v:ould pled -e a cor- 
t'^in ^lonthly -mount for t.he dur-ition o^ the : v. .. riuch 1:;-^^'^^ ■^rvy r.t could bo 
collected that v;ay, and ren;! r contribuci na --oiTld be obt-dned fron -x l:;r;^e 
TwyT'}- v of ^^eo-de. Thi3 v;oul.:. be ^-yL -.r th:?in to r^et a l:rye ai-iount ju':;t onco; 
it ';ould be bett ^r to r'.;ise Ji^: tn-;usa::d doll . •c'';^ :.. -nth, ev ry -.onth, than to o 
^^et fifty thousr.n-i do].i r?: in -i luj-"*-^ :'\m ''If .e :-re ^^oally si-^coro in cur 5:enti- co 
monts, '.■:e ou -ht to be able to carry out tnis ylu^ G'cce^ofully/' concluded 
Dr. loinor nriid :^-^'-;t rrdau'e. The ylan ::iet i/ith . en^ral a^y 'rov; lo 'VJverybody 
V7ill contribute accordin^2: to hir: ability," .,-^iid :.r. ..• H-ivill, "l.'lio rdan is 
gocd and can be carried out ::y:t-nat .cally. It should be subriitted to every 
7erein» h'hoever v/ants to }v:irticiT-ite cm do ^o volunt ;rily," added ..r. heui-iann* 
A Huncarian "entler:ion yrot-^sted violentl^^ to -^he id-n, sa.vln-^ he belon.-yed to 
many Te-'^eine and could not rtake a mont.ily co:..tribution to 3ach one of tiiei;!, ne 


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that, 'rho l-:i^:tor told of ^n^ v;o::-ri v;]io h-id ; roinisod to t-tkc in 'Va'di- 
inj^j so tli^t jhe cojIu contribute to tho roliof i''^:..; ':»t . ,::* vono.-! had er.ployod 
simil- r net nods to r'ii::o i..on?y for ch:rit:ib].6 ^uv ^o^or.. Vj-- , nonj,;: c :v;ld he 
e^^rned os'.eciallv for this ^riroojo. - r. ^I rl Dittiii .r OA^'r^rvod bis ne^irtv 
approval. Jvor/body ::h: :ld do hio yart, :ir:d .:ho^;la thin--: of the f-it-.L^rs and 
brot^iors v/ho have h:id to le.,o their ]o";-.:d 'j/.3.;* l-o;hi!d, nay be i^sv-r toret-'m 
frori the battlefields, or '^rhaos to be criar-led lO^ 112:^. Iliraoav • rev -iled <^ 

all DetLi:ie3-: in t::i.3 critical hj:i". ilxe chair:. ^ ii. v;ill c .11 a co..i*or.:.;Ce of -u 

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The colony of Geriaan reservists in Elmhurst has been dissolved. The hospital- -• 
ity iftiich the authorities of the evangelical seminary for a few weeks had -^ 
extended the reservists, who were stranded here because they could not obtain 
passage to Germany, had to come to an end. Vacation time is aliaost over, and 
the institution had to make preparations for the return of its regular students. g 
The ^erman/ consulate, by the way, has found jobs for many of the reservists, c? 
with the help of the press and private individuals, leaving only a few men viJio 
have not been taken care of yet. In spite of all warnings, there are still men 
coming from out of town to report for service. 

Keep Faith V/ith Germany 

It is a wonderful thing that the war, vshich the land of their fathers has to 
fight now, has revived the loyalty and patriotism of German-Americans of the 
second and third generations. Yesterday Mr. E. v;. Wagner, head of the brokerage 



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firm of E. W. Wagner & Co#, a grandson of Lorenz Brentano and nephew of Judge 5 
Theodor Brentano, started a collection among the members of the grain exchange :::^ 
for the funds of the Deutsche und Oesterreichisch-Ungarische Hilfsgesellschaft p 
(German and Austro -Hungarian Aid Society) • On the first day he netted more 
than a thousand dollars, which will be forwarded to Mr. Oskar F. Mayer, 
treasurer of the Aid Society • ISr. V/agner will continue the collection, and 
hopes to turn over another generous amount to the relief fund. We hope that g 
this splendid example of Germian loyalty will inspire other descendants of D> 
Chicago German pioneers to do likewise. 

The Aid Society 

Next Tuesday afternoon, at five o« clock, the management of the Deutsche und 
Oesterreichisch-Ungarische Hilfsgesellschaft, consisting of the officers and 
chairmen of the subcommittees, will hold a meeting in the Germania Club, where 
important matters will be discussed. \Ie hear that a decision is to be made as 
to how the names of donors are to be published in the newspapers. Contributions 

are coming in steadily, and in satisfactory amounts • 

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Progress Satisfactory 

That the German elenent can act in unison when a great and noble cause is at 
stake, and that this co-operation can really bring v/onderful results, was 
clearly and effectively demonstrated at last ni{^ht*s meeting of tiie various 
committees of the Deutsche und Oesterreichisch-Unr.arische Ililfsgesellschaft 
(Genaan and Austro -Hungarian Aid Societ^O* Since the meeting at v/hich the 
Society was created, this was the first tine that all the committees have 
met in conference, and the fact that only a very few members failed to answer 
the roll call* proved that eagerness and good v/ill prevailed* 

Shortly after eight o* clock, president Charles H* V/ackor opened the meeting 
in the crowded upper cluorooms of the Bismarck Hotels Immediately a request 
was made that all motions should be made in v;riting, in order to avoid errors, 
so far as possible. After the iiinutes of the organizational meeting were read, 




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Secretary Goldzier announced that a bond of fifty thousand dollars had 
been approved for the treasurer, that the incorporation docuinents had arrived, ?.. 
and that approximately one thousand collection blanks had been distributed ;;; 
among individuals, Vereine, and factories where many Germans were employed. r_ 
Also the following lists of names of members of subcommittees were read: -^ 

Program committee: A. Georg, chairman; Henry Suder, Jacob Spohn, G. A. ^ fe 
von Massow, Oskar Gross, Gustav Berkes, and Heinrick Kraft. 

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Committee for correspondence ani relations with out-of-toirvn associations: 

Louis Sala, chairman; Hugo Voigt, August Lueders, Albert Graff, Max Leichsenring, 

E. H. Seemann, Rudolph Seifert, and Fritz Llaas. 

Music committee: Wilhelm Arens, chairman; A. Gill, tCartin Fluegke, Fritz Laas, 
and Otto Haubold. 

Committee for meetings: Karl Christmann, chairman; Karl S. Schick, £• G. Kusswurm, 
Fred Hummel, L. E. Brandt, and Leopold Grand. 



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Upon request of the Austro-Hungarian Vereine, Leopold Keilmann announced 
that these Vereine had decided, at a meeting held last Saturday in the 1a Salle 
Turner Hall, to form a branch of their own fot the Aid Society/ > tl^^* t^®7 :^ 
already had started to make collections, with good results so far* The com- ^ <:^ 
paratively small Yerein Stock im Eisen, for example, had pledged to raise one ^ P 
thousand dollars, and a Hungarian Women's Aid Society had already collected ~- ^, 
two hundred and fifty dollars. These amounts were to be turned over to the :^ ^ 
treasurer, Oskar Mayer. Another organizational meeting was to be called for 5 ^ 
next Saturday, in the La Salle Turner Hall. In order to give this department ^ c. 
of the great Aid Society proper representation in the association, it was \ c> 
requested to admit five more delegates to the committee and four more vice- i 
presidents to the executive management. This request was approved unanimousjbr. 
The report on the activity of the new department Committee for organization/ 
was greeted with loud applause. 

No Great Volksfest for the Time Being 
At the request of the entertainment committee, chairman Adolph Georg reported 

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a plan to liold a big, but plain and simple, Gerraan Volksfest (picnic), 
on Septenber 6th, in Riverview Park, for v;hich steps had already been talcen. 
Since the overhead expenses would be very low, great profits for the general 
treasury were to be expected. But, on request of Paul F. Llueller, who said 
that any festivities, v;hich v/ould lead to demonstrations, would not be 
advisable under present critical conditions, the proposal v;as referred back 
to the coinraittee. lir. Ijueller's objection met with the active support of 
Theodor Kuehl, John Koelling, Arthur Josetti, V/ilhelm Legner, and other 
speakers, and finally won the approval of the entertainment cominittee. A 
festival, therefore, v;ill not take iDlace. ^ 

Chairman Sitel of the finance committee, reported on past activities, and 
declared that the committee would have a sIotv start v;hile becoming familiar 
with their duties and assignments. He also mentioned Adolph Georges plan to 
issue artistically designed coupon books in denominations of tv;enty-five 
cents, fifty cents, and one dollar. These books are to be put into all German 
stores, and their principal purpose v/i.l be to facilitate contributions by 



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people in the lov/er income brackets who would like to do their share 
by helping the good cause along vdth smaller amounts. This idea was liked so 
well that it was decided to ask the finance committee to have such coupon books 
printed at once. LIr. Eitel also proiiiised that, pretty soon, a list of con- ^ 
tributions made so far would be published* 

Then followed a report of the secretary/ about the activities of the executive 
committee; then, a report on the press committee activities by its chairman, 
E. Raster, v;ho pointed out that almost tlireo hundred Vereine had been asked to 
report all events and incidents, having any relation to the relief vjork, to 
this committee for publication and dissemination. Charles Runlcel reported 
on the past success of the German Club, and hov; it had organized its relief 
work. Finally, it was decided to charge a comiaittee of three v;ith working out 
the business rules and bylaws, whereupon the meeting adjourned* 


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tic: :^lisf v:oi^ 

Every Oeman's Sacred Dut^' to do His Part 

Hundreds of thousands of Germans, Austrians, and Hungarians are now shedding 
their blood on the battlefields of ;5urope, and many of them v/ill v;orry about 
their loved ones at hone, whom they left without a provider when the v/ar drums 
called them to the colors. VJhole trainloads of wounded will leave the war 
zones for home after the frreat battles, and the care of these wounded and the 
relief of distress amonp: the destitute families of the soldiers will cost many 
millions. Their compatriots livin/? abroad have the sacred duty of takin^? part 
in this relief work, and of contributing, without exception and to the best of 
their abilities, to the relief fund which will be turned over to the led Cross. 
Any gift, no matter how small, is welcome; the pennies from a child* s savings 
bank as much as the check of the businessman or the donation of the working- 
man. F.very cent will help to alleviate pain, to dry tears. And if the men 
now go through hell and death learn that their blood brothers across the /crreat 
pond have not forsaken them, but stand by them loyally and effectively, their 

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courage will be steeled for the horrible stru^^gle ahead. The Abendpost, which 
has been authorized by the Oerman and Austro-Hunt?arian Aid Society to accept 
contributions, asks its readers to open their hearts and their T)urses, and 
either take their donations to the Abendpost office or nail them in. The 
noney v/ill then be forwarded to !'r. Oskar F. TTayer, treasurer of the Aid Society. 
The amounts received will be published daily in the local columns of the 




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Collections for Relief Funds Shov/ Good Results 


Although the exact amount collected by the Deutsche und Oesterreichisch- ^ 
Ungarische Hilfsgesellschaft (German and Austro-Hungarian Aid Society) for the F 
relief fund is not yet knovm, v:e can say with assurance that the results of ^ 
this humanitarian and philanthropic movement v;ill certainly not be disappointing. 3 
The number of donors and subscribers is considerable, and after the many collec- 
tion places have been establislied, the locations of which will probably be pub- 
lished v/ithin the next few days, the results will be still more gratifying. 



The manner in which the collection lists will be published has not yet been 
decided. Last night, during a meeting of the finance committee, under the chair- 
manship of Karl iJitel, it was pointed out that it \rauld be too much trouble to 
send a complete daily list to the newspapers, for since the finance officers are 
performing their duties voluntarily and without aid, it would be impossible for 
them to make copies of the complete lists everyday. There are also other 

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■^ ^ "oertinent consider^-. tions. 

Tlie v/ay this i^atter is r'oin:: to be handled v;ill bo decided at the ::ieeti:.>3 next 
'.."ednesday ii. the Dreseiice or the eiiti^^e co..u:ittee» j\g proo:? that the i.iovenent 
is DODUlar './e likt^ to nention the f;Ct thfit this :.:orni:..'^ Julius ICessler, a 
menber of the finance coruuittee '.ho is out of at present, instructe his 
nana^er to nail a co;.tribution of one thousand dollars to the ^id Society. This 
v;as prcnptly doi^^e. 

Those i^^ho ^voul 1 like to collect Si.ialler amounts on behalf of the ^-ood c iu:^.e will 
be furnished v;ith coupon books Uj) to five dollar:., v;ith sir^^ue coupons of t^venty- 
five cents each. These coupons v;ill serve as roceints. 

The secretary of the .^id oocioty hns sent the folUT.;in'r oetition for iixcoroora- 
tion to the state c.;pitr.l: 

'./e, the undersi-'ned Charles ll, ./acker, I'erdinand .I'altlior, Ileriinnn Paepcke, 








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Ily, Van L'.eetoren, Karl C. Roessler, ,Av. :e:. I iedere::':;er, Otto L. ^clu^.idt, 
Mrs, Berthold Jin'::er, Henry ?• Huiikol, .-Lrthur Tlerez, Jhas. Ohristinanii, Hernann 
0. Lan:^e, Louis Jala, Clara I^Ghtineier, Oscar j}\ Llayor, l-aul F. I.:ueller, Horace L, 
• Brand, and Julius (>oldzior, citizeiisof the United Jtates, intend to forra a cor- 
poration, subject to the la^v of the ..Jtate Le;:;islature of the Jtate oi' Illinois 
of npril 16, 1872 and the ai^iendinents attached thereto, and v;e submit the fol- 
lov/inv; details coricernin;- the ojjoctives of this orr:a:.ization: 

1, The nai.'ie of the company is to be Deutsche unu Oe3terreichisch-Un.';arische Hilf 
Cesellschaft von Jhicago. 

2, The purpose of the Jociety is the collection and distribution of moneys for the 
care of the v/ounded ana alleviation of their sufferinrts, for the support of persons 
or families v/ho have become aystitute throu.di the present .j^uropean war, and for 
other hUimanitarian and charitable purposes which bear a relation to this war in 
QrQVi.jxny and .xUstro-Hunj'iary. 

3, The executive power of the aforesaid Society is to rest \;itii a directorate of 


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^^^^ nineteen raembers, to be elected annually. 

4. During the first year of operation, the rollowiiin; peroons have been selected ^ 
to the adninistration of the oociety: Charles II. ./acker, jerdinand ..alther, 3 
Oscar 'l\ I.layer "^ 

5. Headquarters oi the Jociety is Chicago, Cook County, State of Illinois, and -o 
the address is l;53 ..est ..'ashin^'ton Boulevard, ?.oom 102U. o 

The i.iana;-e].ient of the Oernan Club of Chicago also held a neetinG last ni{;;ht in S 
the Bismarck Hotel.' A coiiuuittee of twenty-five iienbers v:as appointed to take ^ 
care of collectioixs ai:lon^': the club r.eiuber:3. Collected suias will, of course, go 
to the main fund. A special circular v;hich will orobably be raailed tonorrow will 
DOint out to the club nenbers that the tine has cone to open up hearts and purses. 

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Collections for the Relief of Distress Show 
Generosity of the Schwabenverein 

The collections for the Deutsche und Oesterreichisch-Ungarische Hilfsgesellschaft 

(German and Austro-Hungarian Aid Society) of Chicago are in full swing. "The :^ 

purpose is to bring relief to those v/hom the war has caused to suffer. The ^ 

Abendpost , too, has been authorized to acceTit contributions for the good cause, ^ 

and can boast of gratifying results. This afternoon, the finance committee, zZ 

under the chairmanship of Karl i^'itel, will meet to work out the details. It is Ig 

probable that in addition to the workers who were furnished with collection 2 

blanks by the various Vsreine, a number of places will be authorized to accept ^ 

contributions. The naiues and locations of these places vjill probably be pub- C::3 

lished tomorrow. The names and contributions of the individual donors will ^ 
also be published, and this publication will serve as a receipt. 

Karl Eitel, chairrrian of the finance committee, has appointed the following 

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members for his committee, v^ich is to consist of fifteen gentlemen: 
August Blum, Julius Kessler, Arthur Josetti, Harris ./. Huehl, Peter Theurer, 
Dr. 0. 3. D. Schmidt, A. Uhrlaub, !• Guentzel, and l^dolph Brandt. /Trans- 
lator's note: only nine names are .p:iven.7 


The executive committee of the Aid Society, consistint^ of the president, the ^ 
vice-presidents, the secretary, and the treasurer, met yesterday afternoon at ^ 
five o'clock for a secret session. After the reading of the minutes of Satur- C 
day's session, and the appointin,^ of the special committees, the follov/ing 
appeal was issued to the German element of Chicago. 

Appeal to the Masses! 

"V'Jar has broken out and is claiming its toll. Countless sacrifices are being 
made daily and hourly in countries from which we originated. V/e cannot stop 
the slaughter; we can only hope that it will be of short duration, and that 

the peoples of Europe will soon again enjoy the blessings of peace. 


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'*It is a tragedy that in our age of progress, war, v/ith all its horrors, 
has become a fact. But that does not serve as an excuse for us who far away 
from the theater of war to stand idly by and shirk the duties which the times 
have imposed upon us. 

**V/here there is war there are wounds. To heal these is our sacred duty. Jhere 
there is war there is also vxant and suffering. To alleviate this want, to 
relieve this misery, and to act as comforters and good Samaritans is the r; 
obligation of those who live far a;^^ay from the war area. Our motives should be -o 
charity and love of neighbor. o 

"Inspired by these motives, the Deutsche und Oesterreichisch-Ungarische 
Hilfsgesellschaft has been organized. It is our intention to use all the 
available means at our command to lighten the burden of war. 

";7hile under the neutrality laws we must be careful not to give assistance to 
the armies of the belligerents; it is our right, nevertheless, to help the 

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wounded and to give our sympathies and active assistance to the widows and 
orphans . 

"The territories of the countries and the masses of the population which are 
affected by the war are so tremendous that great sums of money are required if 
we desire to discharge adequately our duty tov/ard our bloodbrothers . 

"Trusting that we will have your friendly co-OT>eration, v/e are asking every- 
body to join in the ^reat work we have set out to tackle. Our movement is 
not one of a few individuals, but a mass movement. V/e do not appeal to a hand- 
ful of people, but to all our German brothers v/hose homeland is either Gemiany ^ 
or Austria. ^'^ 


"You must show that your hearts beat for yoiar brethren across the seas. Germans, "fi 
Austrians, and Hungariems over here stand united in this work of love, just as 
they are united in defense and attack on the other side of the ocean." 


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It was then decided that the treasurer, Oskar F. I;layer, should place a 
bond of fifty thousand dollars. Issuance of blank collection lists is to be 
closely checked to avoid errors. Every list bears a number, and the name of 
the person to whom it was issued is to be recorded by a collection official. 
It was announced that four gentlemen had already pledged amounts of two thou- 
sand, five hundred, and three thousand dollars. The names of the generous 
donors, however, were temporarily withheld in order to avoid possible errors 
in the lists of official receipts which are to be published later. It was ^ 
also resolved to hold a meeting of all the committees next .Vednesday night 'p 
in the upper clubrooms of the Bismarck Hotel. <Z 


At yesterday* s meeting in the Green Liill Gardens, the Srholung Club (Recreation 2 
Club) decided to turn over five hundred dollars to the Red Cross. According to j-o 
the president, Mrs. Ida Schrader, this contribution is to be increased if it is 
found that more funds are required. 

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suffering and distress, and a^vare of its duties as the largest German 
Verein during this world crisis of the German cause, held a memorable 
meeting in the North Side Turner Hall, and resolutions were made v^ich are 
indeed a credit to this organization. 

President Fritz Hess opened the meeting and pointed out its purpose: namely, 

to find ways and means to assist the fighting German brothers and their ^^ 

dependents. After he had explained the causes of the uovld War in an inter- ^ 

esting manner. Secretary Heinrich Hieber read four recommendations of the ^ 

executive committee. The first one suggested that the sum of one thousand p 

dollars be given to the relief fund of the Deutsche und Oesterreichisch- ^ 

Ungarische Hilfsgesellschaft, and that later a portion of the proceeds of the g 

Cannstatter Volksfest (annual Swabian festival; Cannstatt is a locality in ^-" 

Germany) be used for the same purpose. g 

During the ensuing discussion, however, it became apparent that the members 
did not care to bother with trifles, and vfhen Mr. Karl Haerting pointed out 

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that a Verein which could spare fifteen thousand dollars for a monument 
was well in the position to spend more than one thousand dollars for the 
victiras of the greatest G-errnan war, applause was heard which proved the 
sincerity and interest of the German element. 

^We would be willinrr to ^ive our last drop of blood for our countrymen,^ said 
Llr. Ilaertinp;, "but since we can't do that, we want to give at least every 
cent vie can spare. I move that all proceeds from the Gannstatter Volksfest 
be turned over to the relief fund." 

V/ith rousing applause the motion was adopted uneuiimously. 

The next recommendation of the executive committee, that the entire amount be 
turned over to the treasurer of the Deutsch-Amerikanische National-Bund, was 
also adopted. 

L!r. Ansor^e's plan, to erect a sales tent at the Volksfest at his expense for 

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the benefit of the relief fund, was also approved. If the expenses 
should run too high, the Verein would assume a share. 

The last recoraraendation of the executive committee was in 'egard to the cer- 
tified collection blanks Issued by the Isiational Bund and on which individual 
donors may register their pledges. Two of these lists had been sent to 
Llr. Hess, and in no time five hundred dollars was pledged by the audience. g* 

Ilr, August Lueders called the attention of the meeting to the Irish picnic p 
next Saturday in xirand^s Park. The purpose of the picnic is to aid the Irish C 
countrymen who are f igniting for their existence across the seas. .:x. z^ 

Lueders announced that the Irish had invited the J-ermans and that as an £2 
expression of their sympathy with Germany they intended to raise a German flag. <^ 
Together with the Irish, the^ Germans could make a protest against the closing ofj^ij 
the German radio stations /Translator's note: Transatlantic transmitters prob- 
abl^ located on American soil. The Irish had already offered their co-opera- 
tion, and therefore ^.r. i^ueders suggested that the Schv/abenverein appear in 

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a body at the Irish picnic and protest against the silencing of the 

German wireless stations. 

Both motions were adopted. The protest against cutting off communications 
between Germany and America will be carefully worked out. As far as the 
Irish picnic is concerned, as many members as possible should participate. 
The entire executive committee will be there. 



During the discussion it was also revealed that nobody would have to drink 
California or Ohio wine at the Cannstatter Volksfest, for twenty-five barrels 
of imported wine has been procured for the piiests. Then there v/as the question 
of whether it was fitting and proper to hold festivals during these grave times, 
but it was decided that an affair like the Cannstatter Volksfest, for which '^ 
preparations had been mde so lon?^ in advance, could not be cancelled upon so 
short a notice, even though such amusements are untimely. 

7Jith a vote of confidence to the executive committee whose business administration 


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during the past was lauded, and v:ith an expression of unlimited con- 
fidence in its efficient handling of the great problems of the future, the 
meeting adjourned. 




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Last night, at a meeting in the North Side Turner Hall, a cro\A.d of delegates 
offered various suggestions as to how the local branch of the Deutsch- 
Amerikanische National-Bund could raise sufficient funds, in the shortest pos- 
sible time, for the treasury of the Deutsch und Oester-reichisch-Ungarische 
Eilfsverein (German and Austro-Hungarian Aic Society). That the good work was 
well under way could be learned from the satisfactory reports made by various 
vereine. The Schlesische Verein had given fifty dollars, and the Verein 
SAXonia the saiae amount, as an initial contribution, v/ith fifteen dollars a 
month thereafter for the duration of the war. The Verein der Handlungsgehilfen *::^ 
(Society of Commercial and Office Employees) has collected one hundred and fif- 
ty dollars from forty of its members, the Hamburger Club has raised fifty dol- 
lars, and the Katholische Gesellen Verein (Catholic Artisans and Craftsman^s 
Society) thirty-two dollars. 

The meeting was opened by President Ferdinand V^alther, who briefly explained 


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tli'3 purpose 0-' tli 3 r.uetin'^. T'S cillod ittj.-tion to t:i.j ostabii3/u..orit 
o^ th'3 .^id Jocistv ;itli v;_ic:i ioc:il br^uicli lic.d been consolidciGCJd 
in accordcinou .yita tiio .lecisior oT tho diroc':nro. lie doci^ircjd t:iat 
the !~ation-il-"u:i.\ ivas licj.or bo:;nd to iiicrc-xoC i^lu ruuds o.^ tli^ Hilfsverein 
b^" raisin;; subotanti-Al anO'into oT "loriO''. T'u jxjcuLivo co u.dttj^i Lad pre- 
pared coilootion blan":s to be di'itribut^d cir.oa-- tdo Lieio:y;ton. Jhe collec- 
tion3 -vould be turned ov^r b- t>.e loc;! branch to ]'.r. C^cnr j. ^'tr^er, 
treaf3urer oi* the Aid 3ccie-i:", -.n.: .'cula be ugju .i.iinl:' to assist the Oeriiun 
and ;iUGtrc-"unrarian //-r \7i;lo..' .av or')hano. 

Alter the 3te_)3 tahen by the drecocrr^ ha.. be-j}i unani.aously a"jorovod j^* the 
d9lo(:atoe, there wkxs a lengthy discuseion re-^ardinr* the nanner in iviiiea :^und3 
sliould be ruiS'^d b;.' thj veroine asoociated ./ita tne loc.A Proposals 
and r,ur^':estions ./ere nade, as, for instance, to nit xro collection boxes or to 
tiVT'inrQ bene^"'it perrorrUincoG. 

rinall:' it .v:.\3 decided to. have the uelec^ates re'ijic^Jt the voreino to .L'or:.i 


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I C subcori-iittaes to air^j^t the collection -.vork :aid zo havo tlio collected 
P/ su:is t'-irncvl over to th^- ciiroc-^or:; vjao .;oulu /oiward t.terri to ."r, ^^a:"•3^, 

•easuror of the Aid 3ociet"% 

Gone other "^roj-^o^itions ..oi-vj raaue. The practiC'abilit7 of selliri;:; ribbons or ;- 
buttons or liolain^ '^- lar ■;e fair was ar.':iied :ro a.nd con. ^ 


].!r. 3. r;, ]3rillov; held w^ as a si^inln,^ 0Aa''L':'le the; on"^lo:'ees o2 the Hotel ^ 

::ai3erhor, all of uhon aad voluntarily uecided t^- turn over a certain pjrcont- 3 
a^o of tlijir '.var:6i to the relief fund, an'.l in this nv.rmer had contributed about S* 
tv;enty-five dollars a v/eek. 

I.:r. ■■.^alther announced th it. the eiiiployees of the Bisnarc-: ::otel ha^-i collect 
an^i turned over oi.e h'ondred .^nd t.;o dollars. 

Rer'ardin : a sunr^'iestion aade sone tiy.e i :o that durin:.; these ^:rave tines no 
veroin activities should tahe rlace, Ar. Arnst hussv/ar?; rei.i.arked that in his 

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I C opinion club aetivitius shoulfi not be curtailocl, but that a portion 

IV or the proceedrj should bo turnsd ovar to tiio rolioT fund. 

!.!r. G3orc :■.. Sciii^iidt' c notion th;At the nomb'^r^liio duen of all now i:it3iabor:5 "» 

be turnod ovor to uha roli^; fund, v;as favoi^atl;^ rj;;eivod, v/i.ich aoant, in ^ 

effoct, that an:Mjod:' ..ho cont::*ib<it::d aL loa.'t tho niwj.iborGhi ; dues durin^^ the ^ 

colloctiori drivG, vculd a itomaticall ' boco^^o a .lOiiboi* of oho hatianal-nand "2 

'.vithout furthor fo:.*r: .litio.s. Tho '-.otion *.vaG auontad unani. lousl^-. o 

Ilr. Ooor: L-inrlall su^T'est'-jd that tli'3 i.ioribjrr/iii^. '.luos bo doubled 'or th3 bon- 
e:?it of t:ia rolie./* fund, as ;':iro:^oGod b;' sovor-il voroino, T'ae.'io .;ero rtbout 
all tho nu -rooti'ms ntide ro"ardin^ tha rolio^" .;orh, '^o-'ond those ovar-^ vorjin 
.vill bj sx^.'Oct^'i to uso its o-;n iud.-'onont. 

;. discussion of another to:}ic .vas sbartjd b" ; 'r. /air:u3t Luoders, /;ho read a 

ro-?ort ^^ublish-;d in tho hbena-^ost unaor tho titlo ''Tho Irish in Favor of tho 


Oor-aan Oauso*'. This articlo statod that '"orn -n spoah^rs ^nd ro^u-^o.^-ontatives 

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10 of tha Gon'UiR jlonant are ^nvit^d to tlu ::nnual ro'";tiv:.:l ./liicli in to 
lY be hold noxt Saturday -it Brand' 5^ Tark. ]r. Luedor.; pointed out that 

t^;e G-jri'ians, hated b;- all and 3.-^n<lr;% ohoald .volco'^.o any :?riend, no 
:::atter v;hO'.i, and that the* 'Should '-rafip tlio Irir^ii Iiand of frie:idship ana 
visit Vie Irish affair i-i larr,^ nuibsrs. 

Tlij T^r^nident of tho ^.'c'avah^n vorjia, Hr. Teo:;, anno ancod that at itr^ noxt 
fentival th3 voroin v;oal.* -^ait w :: co? loot ion tont flanaod b." (jknri Ji sontrieo, 
an^^ that a resolution jould b^ auo;^tjw aL -he .innu- 1 :neotin ; tona^', r^lod 'inr; 
.'•^on^rous Guo^^art o_* •one rolief v/orlc, 

Tho follov/in:; rnoti-n, -dacili tho ^^roaident of dhe Bund, "Dr. Ilexa. lor, }iad 


Most of tho othor s-'Oaaors a^^r3 o\ t ae 'la-io caiaion, :.nv" a notion v:\.3 ado^rtad 
th:it noxt 3atar:^:::^ a'^tornoon the aoaborr; of tho DXicai^ivo oa/riittoo and as • 

'aan^- othor :;:::..;boro aa ooal:l ao3:5ibl:' .^o ^o, ahould -o to tho Irioii footiv .1. 
It .Vio ;^.lanncd to issu.; 0;ibl.;!if3 to -iotin iiiaii tho vioitina '"orin no. 



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I sub:.iitto:i to all tiio local, .n": st .t j branehe?; /ith u r3^U3.:;t i*or it3 

IV auont.i.on, .vas :;a3:3ed an a rosolution: 

"juroari, The /j^iorican nation is co oosei: oi^ i.:.:i^:rant :; A'ca all -jarts of 
^'iurc'ie, wlij have n.-;aj .iiiorica ah it it la toaa7, and 

".aiaroas, ;j^-^ro::i:r-.t al'^ tv/ant'^-rive o^-eeat of tiu ^ao :lo oi thr3 Unitad Stales 
ara oitaar of Gama-.n birL < or of Carriaa ..oaccnt , . anci that this "i^art of thj 
T^OTvalation, fr::'^ oarl" colonial tinea until taa -ra.vont, ha^ done iiora than 
itT ah..r3 to aafa.-uard our libort^^, t^ r^raaei-va the Uaion, to aovolo^^ a:::"icul- 
turo, cc;:r^erce, und inuuatr, , an., ^o r^ronota tha cultura of his nauioa; thare- 
fo ra ba it 

"^a^iolvad, That v;3, aa .aiorican ci!'.iz3!i3, ini'iat on our do;ii:\n.i. that the .aiericar 
^raSvS aublish t'.air /^ar7 reaorta ir.r-^rirtiall:' and -.vithaut any prajudico, and 
that thair oditoriala bj IraT^t frao fron n;;lica oa hatred a:-ainst ar: soction of 
.jaerica^- citizens, as far as th:-it is ^>ossible, b.;causa this natioa, //hile 


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I C 3pa?t-:iUc'- th3 ;;n :lip>:i l:in M?g3, is net an .]n;;lish nation, cjid uuriur; 

IV these rxnvo tL::es it is 2iot :i:^i:in.' too nuch to n^r>-^-ly thj .'u.iorican 
•i^irit of fair nl-.i- in or.lor to Maintain nar.non:; unon:-^ .-jnarican citi- 

zonr, of any rnco and crood; be it f-arther 


Ro3olvod, That a co:^:* of this ro':'.olaticn b^ sent to tho cditors-in-ciiiaf of — 

ever-' ne''^^s"Xl^?^^ in th-3 cit-^. 

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German and x^ustro-Hungarian .iid oociety Established: 

Charles H. V acker, Chairman 

At a large meeting of the representatives of the most prominent German 
societies, held last night in the Germania Clubhouse, it v;as clearly shown 
that the Chicago Germans are ready to do their utmost to help alleviate 
the inevitable suffering of their brothers in Gerinany, as well as in 
Austria-Hungary, viiich countries are now engaged in a bloody war. To be 
sure, there were some differences of opinion regarding details, but there 
was unanimity on the main objective, namely to establish Imraediately a pov/er- 
ful central organization consisting of the representatives of all German 
sections and factions, in order to collect funds for the support of all those 
lA^om the war has made eligible for relief. This is to include the care of 
the sick and wounded, relief for soldiers* families in distress, and adequate 
support of the widows and orphans of the men who sacrificed their lives on 
the field of honor, in defense of the fatherland. For this purpose the 
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^erman and i^ustro-Hungarian Aid Society of Chicago/ was founded last 
night. It was decided to incorporate the Society immediately in Springfield, 
and, if necessary, to empower the business committee, which v;as also appointed 
last night, to effect a change of name, perhaps to include a reference to 
the Red Cross contained in the title. The purposes of the Society were 
briefly formulated by Paul F. i^lueller as follows: To obtain funds to relieve 
the suffering and distress caused by the war. 

The meeting was opened shortly after eight o'clock by Eugen Niederegger. 
Although he had been chosen to act only as temporary chairman, he v.^s put 
in charge for the duration of the meeting, assisted by Julius Ck)ldzier, act- 
ing as secretary. Several hundred representatives of associations and 
organizations of all kinds v;ere present. 

Before this meeting took place, about fifty members of the Chicago branch 
of the German -iuneri can National Bund had held a preliminary conference at 
the Red Star Inn. /it this meeting, a tentative list of committee members 
for the great movement was to be drawn up. Although the Chicago branch had 


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received strict instructions from the executive office in irhiladelphia 

that all relief measures decided upon had to be carried out under the 
latter* s supervision, and all funds collected v;ere to be transfen^ed to the 
Quaker City, the Chicago branch v/as persuaded, especially after the speeches 
of Ferdinand './alther, chairman, laul b\ Llueller, Arthur Josetti, Heinrich 
von Meteren, Karl Sitel, Ernst Kusswurm, George A. Jchmidt, and ..ugust 
Lueders, to disregard their ovm interest and co-operate with the other com- 
mittees already appointed at conferences on Londay and Tuesday. Paul H. kueller 
made a motion, v;hich was accepted, that a coinraittee of tv;enty-five be appointed, 
drawn from the roster of comiaittees elected on similar occasions^ This 
list was to be subiaitted later at the large meeting in the Germania Clubhouse, 
and v;ould serve as a nucleus for a larger comiaittee. The idea was to let the 
National Bund have one-third of the Committee/ merabership. The list in- 
cluded the following na^Txes: Charles H* v:acker, chairman, Ferdinand ',;alther, 
Paul F. kueller, George a. Schmidt, Gustav Geleng, Oscar F. Layer, Karl Sit el, 

E. F. Uihlein, Arthur Josetti, Heinrich Runkel, Franz Schuetz, Horace L. Brand, 
Herman Paepcke, Louis Kohtz, v;ilheLa Legner, August Lueders, Leopold Grand, 

F. v;, Hess, Eugen lliederegger, H. 0. Lange, Oscar Kropp, 'J, A. V/ieboldt, 


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Theodor Kuehl, Fritz von Frantzius, and Dr. Huxmann. After the list 

v;as approved, the conference adjourned. 

Now the real business of the evening was taken up. Opinions differed sorae- 
times about the name Jof the societ^, about the formulation of the bylaws, 
and finally about the composition of the business committee. Debates on 
these three pertinent questions arose, in which John Koelling, Julius 
Goldzier, Iv^ax V/ild, Theodor Kuehl, Leo ^tustrian, G. ?. Kummel, Alfred 
Steffen, D. B. Brillow, Horace L. Brand, Ferdinand Walther, Arthur Hercz, 
.rtTthur Josetti, Paul F. Lueller, ^u^^^st Lueders, Leopold Neumann, George A. 
Schiaidt, and Heinrich von I^^eteren participated. 

Finally it was resolved to approve the list of twenty-five names submitted 
by the National Bund. Following that, again after a lengthy debate, it was 
resolved also to approve the committee lists set up Llonday night in the 
Germania Clubhouse, and Tuesday at the North Side ^Turner Hall, and to em- 
power the associated committees to co-opt additional members v;hich v/as done 
later by adraitting all the executive officers of the Chicago branch of the 

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German -American National Bund and some laeiabers of the Gernan Club. 
For the remainder of the eveninc the meetinc acted as a combined comi.iittee. 

The actual business /executive/ comi.iittee io made up as follows: president, 
Charles H. Viacker; vice-presidents, ^Terdinand ..alther, Sugen Niederegger, 
ii. C. Lange, Heinrich Runkel, Dr. Otto ochmidt, .-^.rthur Hercz, i?^au Consul Singer, . 
Harry Eibens, Oscar rlropp, Hermann i-aepcke, ./ilhelia Hothmann, and Heinrich : 

von Lleteren; treasurer, Oscar F. Layer; secretary, Julius Goldzier. 


The president, the vice-presidents, the treasurer , and the secretary v/ill 
confer tonight at seven o'clock in the Geri.iania /Glubhouse7. 

Immediately afterwards, the drive for contributions is to start. Only per- 
sons holding the proper credentials shall have the right to collect funds 
for the Society. Steps are to be taken imr.iediately to incorporate the Society. 
Tentative plans v;ere drawn up for a great exhibition, the net receipts from 




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v/hich would augraent the relief funds of the Jociety. ^^other big 
inass meeting v;as also contariplated, and the suggestion was made that the 
Jociety establish a number of places v;here contributions v;ould be accepted. 

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Many people who attended the mass meeting at the North Side Turnhalle last 
evening left the Hall singing ''Die V/acht am Rhein'* and continued to sing it 
along the streets on their way home. This meeting was called to discuss ways 
and means of helping Germany and Austria-Hungary. Both the hall and the gal- 
leries were filled beyond seating capacity when the appeal was read by <r:. 
H. L. Brand. After l!r. iiugene Niederegger v/as elected chairman, Ballmann»s r- 
Orchestra played ''Die ;/acht am RtLein," and the entire assemblage joined in the -^ 
singing. Upon the recommendation of Ivlr. August Lueders, a veteran of the Franco- § 
Prussian V/ar in 1870, it v;as resolved to organize on a permanent basis. Rev- i^ 
erend Rudolph John then addressed tlie assembly/ as follows: S 

•^Fourteen days ago we buried a v/ar veteran; according to custom the band played 
•Ich Hat* Einen Kameraden j:]inen Besser'n Find^st Du Ni»t« (I Had A Dear Old 
Comrade, and You^ll Never Find a Better One), while the casket was being borne 
to the hearse. Only a fev; veterans were present at the time, but they all said, 

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IV 'We are burying a good man, and he v/as .-nore them that to me*. I v:as deeply 
moved, shaken to my innermost being — my heart ivas touched, and I spoke 

then, as now, v.ith deep sincerity. Zvery v.ord that I say comes from deep- with- 
in my heart, 

"During these crucial moments, while v.orld history is in the making, our speech 
should not only be influenced by calm judgment and keen intellect, but also by 
our heart, our faithful German heart. 



"Liany years ago, there came from the southern regions of the United States long ^ 
trains bearing great numbers of sick and v.ounded who were being brought home to lij 
be cared for and nursed back to health, or to die in the arms of their loved ^ 
ones. At that time I was a small boy and ny mother allowed me to assist the 
nurses v;ho v;ere under her supervision. It was my \\Drk to shred lint; this was 
a very humble chore, but it taught me that all people, even small boys, can aid 
in charity work. 


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IV ♦♦At times higher powers may place an entire nation under a very severe 
strain, and at such times it cannot be emphasized too strongly that co- 
operation is necessary, that unity is vital, and that petty differences of 
opinion must be forgottenl ^ 

♦Tiuch has happened across the Atlantic during the last two days that will not -irx 

be revealed until later, but we have been informed of one occurrence that evokes p 

our admiration and astonishment — a great people have united, A short time ago, ^ 

when we dedicated a monument to the memory of a great German genius, many of us o 

probably felt that this memorial should have taken a different form, especially ^ 

in view of the fact that many thousands of people had come to pay homage to the S 

poet (Gtoethe) ; but we were all in perfect accord in our belief that he had c5> 
earned this distinction. V/e were united when we built the Altenheim, we xvere 
united also when we erected the Hospital ^^rman Deaconess^; and nov/ we again 
hear the cry-- this time from across the seas — 'Help our widows and orphansl* 

♦Tfarmay bring honor, but it also brings misery and care. V/e cannot solve 


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IV world-wide problems, nor can we take up anas, as the old soldiers among 
us v/ould like to do, but v.e can furnish dressings for the wounded, bread 

for starving families, and consolation for the sad, the dov.nhearted, and the 

mourning. Friends, though v:e cannot follow the standards of battle, v;e can ^ 

serve under the flag of the Red Gross. Thus the old song *Dear Fatherland, No -^ 

Fear Be Thine* may develop a new meuning." = 

An equally enthusiastic reception was accorded the address of Llr. Leopold Neumann. ^ 
He pointed out that great events have alv,ays brought harmony into the ranks of 2 
Chicago* s Germans. "Let enemies try to tra:!iple on German culture," said Lir. ^ 
Neumann, "and v-e will shov; our sympathy for our 'Gk^rman brothers abroad by render- 5^ 
ing all possible aid, both moral and financial." In his closing rem-.rks the 
speaker cautioned the gathering to put forth united efforts in this cause, and 
he berated the Arnerican press for attempting to incite members of \!:rious nation- 
alities in this city to enmity. 

At the conclusion of this speech the xiustrian national anthem sung. Lj?. 

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IV H» 0. Lang was the next speaker. He declared that the situation was very 
grave. He said that in 1870, when the Franco-Prussian War broke out, a 

similar meeting was held in this hall, and that young Turners had assembled 
here before leaving for the Civil V/ar. "Today," he said,'^he situation is much 
more serious. Americans of German descent should show their gratitude for the 
many benefits which they have received from their brothers in the old country." 
Mr. Leuag concluded his talk with the request that everyone present attend the 
meeting at the Auditorium this evening. ^ 

The Austro-Hungarian and German Consuls sent greetings and expressed their regret 
that they were unable to attend the meeting. 

The Westseite Haimonie ^esangverein/^ announced that it has doubled the amount 
of its dues for the duration of the War, and that one half of the total amount 
will be donated to the Relief Fund.... The Allied Austro-Hungarian Societies con- 
tributed one hundred dollars as an initial payment; the Deutscher Krieger Verein 
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IV dollars and promised the same amount every month, as long as the war lasts; 
and the firm of Eitel Brothers pledged one thousand dollars per month. 

The following resolutions were then passed: ^ 

•^Tfliereas, The Germans, Austrians, and Hungarians have been forced to abandon the F= 
field of regular activity and to enter upon the arena of a bloody struggle, and <^ 

••Whereas, Every war, even though it be carried on in the interest of the highest £ 
human ideals, is accompained by occurrences v/hich appeal to the sympathy of every '^ 
human being, and 

*^/niereas. The horrors of war have descended upon those in Europe who are flesh 
of our flesh; therefore be it 

''Resolved, That we Germans, Austrians, and Hungarians assembled in the North Sid« 
Tumhalle on the fourth day of August, 1914: 

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IV "1) Organize as the German Red Cross; 

"2) Express our deep iregret that war has broken out, and our hearty sympathy ^ 
for our brothers who are fighting for national ideals and justice; 5 

"3) Do our utmost to alleviate the distress attendant upon the conflict — to p 
accord the wounded proper care, to aid those who are in need of food, clothing, ^ 
shelter, or mental and spiritual comfort, and g 


M) Elect a committee of twenty-five or more members to carry out our plans and 
to devise ways and means of collecting and duly forwarding money to attain our t?i 
noble object." 

Short but well-recieved addresses were also made by LIr. Emil V/eidener, Mr. Josef 
Schlenker, Mr. S. G. F. Erill, and Mr. Julius Meyer. 

The following were elected members of the Committee: Mr. Sugen Niederegger, 


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IV Reverend ^acob/ Pi ster, Mr, Fritz Hess 

Hesolutions of the Germania Club 

The Executive Board of the Germania Club met yesterday to organize a society for 
the purpose of soliciting funds for the support of the German war victims. The 
following resolutions were recorded and read by the secretary, and approved by 
the members of the Board: 

"I'fliereas, We are convinced that the German nation is acknowledged to be the 
leader in industry, progress, and civilization, and 

*^//hereas, V7e believe that the Emperor of Germany is a true advocate of peace 
and a watchful and v/ise defender of the security of his subjects, and that he 


•^i/hereas, We, as American citizens, deplore the horrors of war and would rejoice ^ 
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IV would not begin hostilities v/ithout valid reasons, and 

^^/hereas, We believe that all Americans of Grennan descent will desire to aid 
their former countrymen who have espoused the cause of civilization and are 
defending it against the onslaughts of the enemies of progress; therefore be 
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'•Resolved, By the Executive Board of the Germania Club, that a general meeting 3 
of the members of (Jermania Club be called for the purpose of organizing a 
society to undertake the task of collecting money for the support of German 
war sufferers, and that all other German organizations be invited to lend their bi 
moral and financial support to this worthy cause." 



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rhe undo.-yicnod held a rieetia:: yest^-jrday in the Ci-eriiiania i.aenne7*ehoi' 'Jlub- 
housG. It v/as resolvoi to invite the ch-irmen and secretaries of all Gernian 
societies of 'Jhica^o an-.l vicinity to a confereiice -..hich v;ill be held at ei::ht 
o'clock this eveniUi3 in the clublmup^e of the aerfTuiici l.anr]:;rohor, 'Jl?.ric 
Street and '^eriTiania Place, to discuss pl-.ns for a nass doiicnstration and for 
collections for the benefit of the ^^er;;nn ?.cd Cross, The various societies 
\/ere notified by iikail yestarday, but the letters i:\ijy not rsach then in time; 
therefor.-;, they may consider this appeal to be their official notice, 

H. C* Lan.j, Julius Goldzior, i^'erdinand .;alth:-^r 


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German women, German men, no matter from what province you hail, your former 
fatherland is calling I Jealous enemies have forced Gemany and Austria- 
Hungary to take up arms I Young and old men are in the fray-- thousands upon 
thousands of them will never return from the battlefields, and untold numbers 
will be crippled. 

It is our duty to assist in the work of alleviating eventual pain and distress. 
Therefore we invite you Germans, no matter whether you come from the north, 
south, east, or west of Germany, to attend a meeting at the North Side 
Turnhalle, at 8 o* clock, to devise ways and means of helping our former father- 




Eur^ene Kiederegger, 
0. T. Ansorge, 
II. L. Brand 

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A'beiK^-Q'^F.t, Deceri'ber 5» 1910. 



As has "been already announced, a fund shall "be estr'bl^' ^vhpd -^ov the su-onort of 
needy veterans in Chicrgo rnd Cook County. These veterans of German wars re- 
ceived a small "oension, but as soon ?s they became citizens of the Un-^ted States, 
they lost these Toensions. Others who were in fr.vorable financial circaipgtrnces, 
lost everything and are in diro need. 

Because of these facts, the German War-'^^eterans Organization, established 
187^"^ in Chicago, with the coot)-ration of local German military associations, 
.<^nd eminent citizens of German descent, have (decided to und' rtake the sut)T)Ort 
of these needy veterans in C. ic-.^o ancl Cook County, 

There will be a huge and dignified celebration on January l?th consisting of a 
great concert, soeeches by eminent orators, allegorical r)lays, and marble- 

The total income will be turned over to this f imd . The celebration will take 
r)lace at tne Northside gyninasiun. 

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ABBilDPOST, Hoveoter Jth, 1910. 

German Society* 

Accordiag to a report given 1)y the Imeinees manager of the German Society, this 
organization has ST>ent during the month of October a total of $396*15* They 
supported 9^ families with 2S2 children and ^ single persons* In 223 cases hoard 
and lodging was given* 

7or 3^2 persons Johs were ohtained which is quite an accomplishment for this 
time of the year* Most of them found work on farms* The demand for factory laborers 
was extremely low* Ahout this time of the year many of the uneiiployed from other 
cities come to Chicago and therefore the increased number of those needing help* 

Members paid a total of $670*30 in fees* 

Used clothing and shoes will be l^ladly accepted and distributed to poor German 

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The German Society of Chicago. 

The directors of th(^ German Society of Chicago held yesterday their r-gular 
monthly meeting. President Kalb acted a^^ Chairman. Present were the director sf S.S. 
Blum, W. A. Hettich, R. Seifert, A. George, and the "business manager C. Spaeth. 
The "business manager read the report ahout the activities of the society during July 
ajid August. 

During the month of July SI families with a total of 21^ childrf^n and 36 single 
persons received financial heir) and during the month of August a total of 90 families 
with 2U7 children dIus U5 single individuals were assisted. 

The amount spent for suT)oort totaled $6S9»00. In 220 cases hoard and lodging 
were granted. Employment was obtained for UgO persons in July and for 505 individuals 
in August. 

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Benefit Concrrt. 

IText Wednesday at ITorth Clr.rk Strf^et, Gprmnnia Place, the Germania !'ale Chorus 
gives a benefit concert for tiie relief of the flood-sufferers in France. The board, 
aT)r)ointed by its ^resident Dr. Ernest Saurenhaus, also has Mayor Busse as a member. 
A sub coininittee, consisting of Dr. Saurenhaus, P. J* DeweB and Julius Goldzier is 
raking the necessary prepara.tions. 

It is expected that cninent, local artists vrill Participate, to nalce the concert 
an artistic and fina ial success. 

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A^endoost, December 7» 19^^» .. r .••^;'' :^D2^ 

qer!.;ak society 
review of their acticr^ ik the month 'of 


According to the rer^ort of "business manc^er, Spath, the'Germrin Society lias 
in the month of November consic-T red ISO aT)T)licati -ns for assistance, of which 
172 were granted. One hundred and eighteen families v;ith Zjh children end 
5^ single persons received helt), a total of $^55-50 "being sT)ent for this 
purr^ose. In 220 cases hoard and lodging, and ir 18 cases l/2 ton of coal, 
were Daid for. Three hundred ten "oerscns receiving emoloym'^nt. Since the 
cold weatner set in, the munher of unem-oloyed were from out of has 
greatly increased and in consequence, the requests for help so increased 
it is to he feared the uneinT)loyTnent situation, which has lasted for over a 
year, will continue during the winter. 

The inquiries for farm laborers h.^ve ceased altogether, and prosr)ects for 
factory workers obtaining emr>loyment, soon, are still very unfavorable. 
MembershiT) contributions totaled JSI55.OO while expenditures for assistance 
have increased threefold. 

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A'bendpost, December 7» 1908. , ,, , , ^.r., n-/^ 

It is urgently requested, that more German citizens of means should join the 
German society, that they may be in a "oosition to extend their humane work, 
for the "benefit of the needy German workingmen* s families, widows and orphans. 
Second hand clothing will be called for, if the donors leave their address 
at 6l La Salle Street, or telephone Main U206. 


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Abendpost, June 7t 1908. 


According to reports, which Manager Spaeth submitted to the Board of 
Administrators of the German Society, at their "business meeting, in the 
month of May 155 families with 375 children, and II6 single persons received 
assistance. For this pur-oose $717*^5 were spent. In 225 cases "board 
and lodging was graited. Employment was T)rocured for 383 t)ersons, of which the 
larger part were placed as farm la'borers. There is no demand for factory 
workers^ or "building, furniture, locksmiths, machinists, electricians, Pr 
kindred trades, on account of which great suffering prevails among them. For 
membership dues $U99 were paid in; twelve new members joined with an annual 
contribution of $120.00, fourteen members increased their yearly contribation* 
The following ladies societies and lodges received assistance? Harmonie 
Lodge No. 3» Order of the Hermann's Sisters, Phoenix Ladies Society, Swabian- 
Badenser Ladies Society, Chicago- Bavarian Ladies Society. The branch of the 
Oerman National Union of Chicsigo, allotted us $25*00. The German Society 

appeals once more to the charitably minded, better-situated German citizens of 

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our city, to add their mite, to T)lace them in a DOsition of continuing the 
good work among our suffering countrymen. All members of the German Society 
are especially asked, to try and o'btain new mem'bers among their friends and 
acquaintances. The German Society has, during its 5^ years of existence, 
proved to be one of the best organized charitable institutions in Chicago, 
and for this reason it should receive a befitting support from the public. 


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Atendpost. May 3, I9O8. 



Mr. Charles Spaeth, Manager of the German Society of Chicago, reiDorted at 
the last monthly meetings of the administration-hoard, ahout the activity 
of the society in the month of April, as follows: Assistance received hy 
168 families with 39O children and 107 single T^ersons. $gUo.OO were spent 
for this Durpose* In 2U6 cases "board and lodging were granted, employment 
was secured for 355 persons, of irtiich 2^ were Dlaced with farmers^ $U62,00 
were received from memhers. 22 joined as new memhers, with a total con- 
tribution of $150.00 amd 16 members raised their yearly contribution from 
$5 to $10. The distress among the laboring population of Chicago, has. 
In spite of the Increased spring activity of the building trade, not much 
Improved, and the demands on the German Society are just as large as be- 
fore* The cash assistance of last month, exceeded those of April of last 
year by $520.00, and the membership contributions by almost double, so it 
seems Inevitable, not to touch the capital. The directors and the special 



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t Atendpost. M ay 3, I9O8, 

for acquiring new meml)er8 are doing their "best to increase the memhership, 
and have, so far acquired ahout seventy new members, hut all this is not 
sufficient, to meet the demands. The German Society repeatedly appeals 
to the Germans in Chicago, for co-operation in this nohle work of phil- 
anthropy and hegs for energetic financial assistance from all citizens. 
The German Society requests all Germans of Chipago, to remit volunteer 
contributions directly to the Society, 6l La Salle Street. 

They will he gratefully received and used for relief of really suffering, 
deserving countrymen. 

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Al)endt)08t. April 3. 1908. 


The means of the German Society in Chicago, have "been, during last winter, 
almost exhausted through appeals from suffering coiintrymen and therefore 
the society finds itself in a position to have to aweal to the German 
public for help. 

Por this pur-DOse a meeting is called for tonight at S o* clock, in the upper 
rooms of the Germania Clubhouse, and the Society hopes, that a large number 
of their members, will be present. 

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Die Abendpost, March 9, 1908. 


According to the report of Mr. Charles Spaeth, business manager of the German 
Society, 12iJ- families with U07 children and 232 single persons were helped 
during last month, with a total expense of $800.li5» 

Furthermore 125 persons received meals and rooms, 25 persons were given 
shoes and S families received coal. The Society collected $200,00 in 
monthly dues from members, hut did not receive any donations recently. 

There were lUl johs, mostly on farms, available for applicants. The demand 
for factory help was very weak. 


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Absndpost , 3ept. 11, 1907. 

The directors of the uerir/in dociety, v/hich lieid its inontlily ueeoin:;, calls 
attention to the i'ct th^t the rintncial inenas of the docie^y beiuf^ use- aiding 
^ill deservinr- poor, applyin''- for aid, arc imde j.iate, .111 Geri:i?uis in good cir- 
cuinstances, alxhouf^h not members are urr^ed to sunport the benevolent v/ork of the 
oociety \iith adequate gifts and donations, besides cash, discarded clothing 
will be welco.r.e. The oociety will gladly send for these ./hen informed of address. 

Secondly, the report of the business ranager for the last two months shows that 
110 requests for ?^.id were received, 105 families v/ioh 262 children and 82 single 
persoris were assisted at a cost of .^:;10,64; 27 cases received board and lodging. 
960 persons v/ere directed v/::ere to find work. 

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Atendpost. May 29, I907. 


Mr. Adolf Prese, organizer of the German Charity League, ^ich was founded 
16 years ago in Pittsburgh, organized lately two lodges in Chicago. The 
estal)lishinent of the new lodges, which will hear the numbers 33^ an* 335f 
will he celebrated at a meeting tonight in Sieben* s Hall, 1?^ Clybourn 
Avenue, and two more high officials of the League from Pittsburgh, Messrs. 
Louis Voltz, Supreme President and Joseph Klaus, Supreme Treasurer are 
going to be present. 

The League has, since its existence of I6 years, spread over ten states, 
with a membership of lU thousand. Besides the work of assisting needy ones, 
it has made it as its task, to cultivate the German language, German customs 
and habits and participates in the fight against bigots. 

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Illinois 3ta ts-Zetunc, ^^pr. 6, 19Ca. 


Account given of the activity of the association durin:' the past 
three months. 

The administrative council of the German Society held its regular 
monthly meeting yesterday^ at v;hlch L!r. V/illiam Vocke presided 

The business man-.ger of the Gernan Society submitted the follov'ing 
report covering the raonths Febru-i^r ...nd I.Iarch: 

From 208 applicants asking assistance, S06 received consideration. 
Hel? was also extended to 155 families and 51 single per'^ons* The 
cost of the assist'^nce just enumerated totaled )7&2. In fifteen 
inc:tances board and room v/as paid, -nd thirteen tons of coal xvere 
distributed ai.iong tvrenty-six needy fejailies. The society was also 
happy to announce that its membership has increased since its last 

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Illinois Staats-Zeitung, ^pr. 6, 1901, 

regular meeting adding to the list the following persons and business 
firms: Braun, Habicht, Braun '-ind Coi.ipany, Hassel, Qross, Fischer, 
Adler, Doctor Frank, and the Illinois Vinegar Cinpany. In addition, 
the society has received a supply of bandi^ges frorri Vjt. Anton A, Frank 

thus e:cpre3sing to hiin its deep appreciation Membership dues 

amounting to ^^821 ?;ere paid •• 

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Illinois 3t:.ats- j^itun-^, Jan. 5, 1901, 

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g:^,iait sociiirrY 

3tate:i3nt of .^Coivitios Durinv Jeceyaber 
1900 una Last Ouarter of I ast Year 

The ad r.inistration of t]i3 ""rcriian jocietv h.^ld a re^^;lar session -'estsrdav 
und^r t'l? le'-^darsriip o:* it 3 pra'jidont, iheo, ^^r^ntano. 

Charles opaeth, business irianai.:-^r, subraittsd his report for Decekbor, 
LJurin'i; the nonth, 148 application:^ for assistance vj^^re fi l^.d and 143 
v/ere conrjidered. Support v;as dven to 9-3 fa^iiliFis 'vith :'^78 children, 
and to 50 si-".-:^le persons. This entailed an expenditure of .^GG.l?. 
In fifteen cases rocn and board v/ere paid; thirteen tons oT coal were 
distributed arionr trent^'-Tfive n-irties; ohoes vrere 7)rovided in ten 

Gi-i. o o o # 

'vTembership dues ajiounted to ^125. ].x. I.^ax joined the society, payin,^ 

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;^5 for a one-year raenbership. 

"::nplo:Tient -:as fornid for ?.6^ persons. .e received requests fron e-iployers 
for 246 men. '.'e received 258 coiiMuni cat ions and mailed 263 letters and 
cards in connection v;ith our enplo^nont activities. 

During the last three -ncnths, Cctob r to Decent :r 1900, the .'^r.iian Society 
helped 195 families and 557 children, and 107 sinf^le persons. /e supplied 
21 pairs of shoes, 46 half -ton loads of coal, paid room and board in 27 
cases. Cur expense v;as ;?l,0-37.84. Membership contributions durin^^ the 
same period v/ere •?706. 

Durin-: the last quarter v.^e obtained emplo:'ment for 864 persons; 8.51 
c 0171) auni cat ions comprising reouef^ts fo-^* jobs and off-rs from employers 
were received, and our list s;:ov;s that '-le mailed 933 letters and cards. 


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II D 1 Illinois Staats-'eitunr^ ^ Jan. 5, 1901. 

As a result of the many m.fortunate strikes v/hich affected certain classes 
of '.'orkers, increased roquests were naoe to our society durin^^ this quarter. 

In order to enable us to continue the hu.T^.nitarian v:ork of allaying suffering 
arion*;^ Gerinan families, and even enlar/^iinp; the scope of our endeavors, v;e 
ur,;-'3ntly implore all financially able G-er.ian co ipatriots in Chicago to become 
affiliated v/ith our organization. 



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III b 2 Illlnoia Staats Zeitung , Sept* 24, 1900* 

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/b^.tsfit sJTER^insirr for gaubestoi^^ 

p* 5. • 
day were 


jalveston and neighboring towns, 

Chicagoans responded splendidly to the call for assistance from their : eilo\7- 
men in Texas,... livery Gsman gymnastic soci: t; as well as the singing 
societies, engaged in hard v/ork preparing for this affair. The Indiana Turner 
District did likewise. 

The performers were well repaid for their efforts by an appreciative audience. 
The proprietors of the Sunnyside establishment, Messrs. John H. Colvin and 
Fred V.'. Erby, most graciously donated the use of the park. Their humanitar- 
ianism v;ent still further as they contributed 25 per cent of the gross receipts 
from all the food and drink consumed on this occasion. 

The Boys Orchestra directed by their instructor, Lir. A. ./inkier, executed 
its part of the program splendidly. Other participants of the excellent musi- 
cal program were: the mass-choir, consisting of the singing sections of dif- 
ferent Turner societies, the United Male Choir, and numerous other singing 

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The were under the direction of Mr. Gustav 2hrhorn» The audience followed 
the gymnastic exhibitions of the Turners with exceptional interest.. •• 
Club swinging was performed by the renowned gymnasts, the Turner trio, Gustav 
Ehrhardt, './illiam Kadank and Pierce l.'.c Bride. 


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Illinois Staats Zeitung ^ Apr. 26, 1900. 


The doors of the South 3ide Ti«rr»r Hall were opened last night on a benefit 
fair, the net proceeds of ^ich are intended for the Boer nation. The large 
hall was nagnificently decorated with the Stars and Stripes and the flags of 
Transvaal. The attendance of the first evening at the fair, was beyond any 
expectation. Much interest was exhibited in the shops, as well as in the 
splendid exhibitions of Turner perfornances. 


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Illinois .jtaats Zeitum^, Aor, 17, 1900. 

At yesterday's meeting of the Gerinan-.-j-ierican Chariti'- Association, held at 
the Schiller building, new officials v;ere appointed. They are: Gustav Fisch- 
er, president; Richard S. Schmidt, vice-president; Wilhelra Rapp, junior vice- 
president; John ICoelling, treasurer; and Philipp \]. Seipp, secretary.. • 
The secretary of the association reported, that 52 new members joined the 
society during the last year, the complete membership list now containing 165 


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Illinois StuHt§-_:eitung, liar. 15, 1900. 

The mass meeting, arranged by (lerman-Ainericans, at the Auditorium Theater 
last week, was according to the announcement of the Executive Committee^ 
a great success. They are also happy to inform every one interested, that 
the net proceeds of $901.22 will be sent immediately, to the President of 
the South African republic. 

Gratitude was expressed by the committee in charge of the mass meeting as 

"The committee thus conveys its deep gratitude to the German singers and 
to Professor V«in. Middelschulte, the organist, for their participation at 
this great demonstration. Their service was a donation toward the worthy 
cause. It has been decided, that the net proceeds 4^901.22, intended for 
the care of wounded 3oer soldiers, will be officially conveyed to the 
Boer President Paul Krueger by L'r. Hay, the secretary of state of our 














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Illinois Staats Zeitung , Feb* 27, 1900* 


This society held its annual meeting yesterday at the Association's 
headquarters, 50 N* La Salle Street, which was attended by the entire 
staff. After the president, Mr. Brentano, explained the purpose of the 
meeting, he proceeded with the following report. At the end of last year 
this Association had a membership of 5*9f thirty-two of whom were new 
members. This is a sadly small number, if we take into consideration the 
large German population of Chicago, which exceeds 500,000. Contributions 
received from our members totalled $3>230.38.... 


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Illinois Staats Zeitung« Feb. 27, 1900, 

A correct statement of the number of immigrants who remained in Chicago 
cannot be given, but it is certain that the number exceeds that of the 
previous year. The number fitted for factory work was largest. The next 
largest group was composed of people seeking employment in the business 
world. The number of agricultur-^l laborers, however, was surprisingly 
small. During the past year 3f850 employers and 34-75 employees were 
successfully served without any charge through the medium of our agency. 
The German Society expressed its deep appreciation to the Germsm- 
American Charity Association for the donation of $400.00. They also 
expressed their gratitude to the Bureau of Justice, the German and the 
Alexian Brothers' hospitals, the varuous railroad companies, and to the 
representatives of the North German Lloyd, and the Chicago Relief and 
Aid Society. This Society also expressed its appreciation for the 
services rendered by the German newspapers of Chicago. 

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Illinois Staats Zeitungr , Feb. 27, 1900, 

The resignation of six directors was announced* A committee for the 
nomination of new directors was appointed with the result, that the election 
of candidates for that office fell upon the followingi E.G. Halle, 
Alexander Klappenbach, £• Mannhardt, E. VAn. Kalb, Gustav E. Fischer €md 
Adolph George They were elected unanimously. 


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Illinois Staats Zeitung, Jan. 6, 1900. 


The Board of Directors of the German Society held its regular monthly meet- 
ing yesterday afternoon at v;hich Vx. V/illielm Vocke, the president of the 
society, presided. The following report v:as given by the society^s business 
manager v;hich covers the society* s activities for the month of December 1899: 
Of the 190 cases applying for help, 179 have received consideration. Further- 
more, help has been extended to 129 families and 48 single persons, and 203 
persons received emplojnnent. During the past three months the German Society 
extended help to 263 families, including 803 children and 138 single persons. 
The society purchased and distributed 33 pairs of shoes, 79 half tons of coal, 
and in 56 instances paid for food and rent, with a total expenditure of 
§1,362.40 against the income of paid membership dues to o711.00. 

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Al)endT)08t. July S, 1899. 


The Board of Directors of the German Society held their regular monthly 
meeting yesterday, Mr. T. Brentano was their chairman. Their hnsiness manager, 
Mr. C. Spaeth, made the following report ahout the activities of theorganization. 

Financial assistance and support received 51 families with 112 children, and 
30 single individuals. EmDloyment for 3^2 -persons was ©"btained through their 

During the last six monthe there have been assisted and suDDorted a total of 
50^^ fami ' i^s with lli-^3 children, and I33U single D^rsons, for which the 
sum of $2909*OU was spent. Besides this there were I36 individuals assisted 
with coalt hoard, and lodging. Employment for 1075 unemT>loyed was effected • 
throu^ the societies efforts. The total sum of $22lU.OO was paid in regular 


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Abendpost , Decem'ber 3rd, IS9S. 


The Board of Directors of the German Society held their monthly "buisinese meeting 
yesterday. Their business manager, Charles Spaeth gave the monthly report 
from which the following is quoted: 

During the month of November I67 applications for suoport were received and 
161 of these were considered. Assistance were rendered to 110 families with 
267 children and to 5I single persons. Cash spent for charitable purposes 
during the month amounted to $561.^. Board and lodging were given to twenty 
people, and twelve others received help along other lines. 

A total of 235 persons were able to receive jobs through our agency. The 
applications for suptjort or assistance are increasing steadily and alarmingly 
since the cold reason has started* The Society aopeals to all German citizens 
who can spare used wearing apparel for men, women and children, to let the 
Society distribute them to the needy. The Society will be glad to send for 
these things* if notified. 

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ABBHDPOST. Jtay 2nd, 1S98. 

Serman Society. 

The Board of Directors of the German Society held their monthly InislnesB meeting 
yesterday* We take the following quotations from the report of the business manager! 

Spent for charity $31^* 13* This amount was distributed among 8^ families with a 
total of 119 children, and Ug single persons besides. It helped to procure board, 
lodging, and shoes. $213*00 was received in membership fees. Mr. Madlener gave 
$1000.00 in memory of his deceased father. Employment was assigned to 327 persons* 

During the past six months the Society spent $2098* 9^ in helping to support needy 
families and single persons. A total of $227S.OO was receiyed in fees. The 
Society appeals to all Germans to support their worthy undertdkring* 

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DIE ABSl^DPCST, Jr.nuary 3rd, 1.^93. 
For a Good Cause. 

The iDreparations for the fourth Gprman-ATnerican Benefit Ball are T)rogressing nicely 
under the leadership of its committees. Although the above Association has only 
"been in existence for three yer:rs, it ne^'-ertheless succeeded r^urin^^ th?!t ti^^e, in 
distributing $27,000.00 for the aid of Chicf^go Benevolent Institutions. Last 
winter, when the Mayor issued a T)roclnin?tion for the ajnelioration of suffering, 
the Association was among the first to resr)ond to the call and two dr^ys after the 
request it has $1500.00 available which it distrib^jt^d as follows: United Bureau 
of Charities, ii5500.00; Chicrgo Relief end Aid Society, $500.00; Gprman Belief 
and Aid Society $500.00; The net proceeds of the Benefit Ball, which was given on 
the 21st of J8Jiu^,ry, 1397. were $10,1^50.00. 

After deducting the above amount, a hplp.nce of $395^.00 remained, which was allotted 
to "The German Old Age Home, Alexian Hospitrl,^ G<=^rmpn HosDitnl, St. Elizabeth's 
Hospital, Michael Reese Hospital, Lying In Disr)ensary, Bureau O"^ Justice, Association 
"Recreation" (German) Home for Destitute and Grin ^led <3hildren, Uhlich's Orphanage." 


rage d. 

DIE A3EIIDP0ST . J^nu-ry 3rd, ISgg. 


The Association decided to (Ustribute souvenirs again, to sll wno ^ill visit their 

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German-American Charity Association 

The managenent leased the l-^rge hall :-t t;i-^ Auiit:;riu'.i for a Chnrit^ :7r-ll, oi 
January 25th, and ag^in it is exrjectel thct this ent^rti-innGixt v.'lll "become a 
"brilliant social affair. 

Althou2*h only three yer.r^ old, tht^ Asroci^tion has distributed in this short 
time more than 527, OOO. aricng needy charity in^ti tulicXiB -'f Chicr-'C, rollov/ing 
the labor's apreal to citizens, last winter, to assist in rl':lgatin£: the 
£;enerr.l distress. The German-Anerican C/i-^rity Assocl'tion vfa,s one of the 
first to res;:ond» Two days after th-^^ procl^mr tion, vl^rOC. v;as put ot the 
disposal of the follouin,:: institutions: United Bureaus of Charities 5500.; 
Chicago r.elief and Aid Society 5500. The net yrofit of the Charity Ball, 
Janii:3ry 21st, 133? was 510,450. After deduction of the ahove -mentioned amount 
there v/as a hr^l^nce of $?,S3C. left, which was distributed .^inong the following; 
chr.ritahle institutions: C-erman Old Peoples' Home, Alt^xi^ji TTospital, Germ^an 
Hosoital, St. ""lizaheth Hospital, :.:ichn el-Reese Hospital, Lyin:-In Dispensary, 
Bureau of Justice, Cluh Erholunp, Home for Destitute Crippled C-^.ildren, 
Uhlich's Or-nhan Hoire and Chbi~o Orph:iin Asylum. 

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ABEHDPOST . September Uth, 1897. 

Geraan Society 

The Directors of the German Society held yesterday under the presidency of Mr^ George 
H. RapPf their regalar monthly meeting* From the report of the business manager, 
Oscar EiSAhnet we mention the followln g statements: Aid was given to: 30 families 
with 96 children and 35 single persons, and for this. Including I9 cases for room 
and board(and In 5 cases for shoes) $165.23 was spent ...Through the mediation of the 
German Society, I58 people received employment. In contributions $151 was received. 

During the past 9 months (Dec* lg9&.Sept. 1897) 559 families with I953 children 
and UoU single persons received aid and I307 people were adsl^ed to Jobs. The 
total eipenses for the aid given amounted to $2995#5U inclusive for the costs of 
the employment office, 158 half tons of coal, I96 pairs of shoes and In 120 cases 
board and lodging. In contributions of the members were received $2791* During 
the same period last year $2125 was spent for aid, I919 people received employment 
and $3115 came iru 

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Abendpost, May 8, 1897. 


The German Society held yesterday afternoon , its regular monthly meeting; 
Mr. John 0. Meyer president; Mr. Oscar Kuehue, the business manager, 
made the following report about the society's activity during Aprils 

There were few requests made for assistance on account of "unemployment; 
most requests were made by families, who were visited by sicl^oiess, 
or were in need through the death of father or mother. 

All of them received consideration. Thirty-six families with 127 children, 
and 29 single persons were assisted, and altogether $243.83 were spent for 
this purpose. In 14 cases board and lodging was given; besides 10 pairs 
of shoes were distributed; 182 persons received employment. In comparison 
with the same month last year, the number of people gettin^ -^or/:, was 
smaller due partly to the unfavorable weather conditions during April, 
and partly on accoiint of poorer business generally prevailing. 

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Al)endpost , May 8, 1897. 

Among the many letters received pertaining to employment matters, was an 
inquiry for an able German physician, who could find a good position in 
a small town near Chicago. The manager is very willing, to supply any 
information desired. Contributions from members are $1007.00. 


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ABMBPOST, Jantiary 13th. 1897* 


Geman Charity Ball* 

In Rooms lOlJ to 1023 of the Schiller Building, yesterday evening, all those 
Boxes which have not heen previously sold, were r€(<fled off for the third big 
German-Jbierican Charity Ballt to the hi^est hidders. Mr. Harry Eubens acted as 
anctioneer* The result of the auction was very satisfactory; more than $3000»00 
were realised from the sale of JO hoses. The highest hidders weret Joseph Theurer 
of, the Schoenhofen Brewing Conpany, $525*00; Edward &• Wihleim $500*00; Mrs* C* 
Selpp $^.00; 7* J* Dewes $375*00; Id« Lehaann $350*00; Jacob Hehii $325*00; 
Rudolph Brand, $300#00; Ernest Tosetti $200.00 and Michael Brand $125*00* 
Besides hozes were reserved hy the following ladies and gentlemenS Dr. 7. A* 
Hemlng, John Krans, David Meyer, Levi Mayer, Jacoh Heissler^ Paul Heissler, Paul 
Juergens, Prank Hecht, John Oronenes, 0* J. Porenan, Leon Mandel, Ludwig Wolffm 
Masriee Rosenbaum, P* Kadleuer, Peter Schuttler, Leo Schmidt, Mrs* Christian 
Lichtenberger, Jacob Birk, C* Hots, Chas, H* lacker and others* Single tickets 
cost $10*00 and are sold in the office of the secretary Room 712, on the evening 
of the Ball, Tuesday, January 19tht Tickets can be had in the ticket office of the 
audit or ium« 

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A'bendpost. December 15, I896. 


Under the presidency of Mr. Max Eberhardt, the Germaji Society held 
yesterday evening, in its businf^ss location, Uo La Salle Street, its U2nd 
annual General Meeting, which was attended by many members. The yearly 
report was received with great acclaim of which the following items de- 
serve special mention: At the close of the 1895 fiscal year, the society 
had 75^ members. In the course of the year, I7 new members, with an 
annual contribution of $110.00 were accented. Through death, removal and 
other causes the society lost 69 members, therefore the total membership 
at present is 702. — U3 m<=mbers refused, on account of poor business 
conditions, to contribute anything, while 10 members reduced their annual 

The total amount received during the current year, amounted to $3971-00, 
compared with U55O last year. The number of people for whom work was se- 
cured gratuitously, was 2^il5# Of these 2203 were employed as farmhands 
and laborers, and 212 as trade workers. According to nationality 2052 came 
from Germany, I52 from Austria-Hungary and Switzerland and 20 from Russia. 
The German Society gave assistance to U71 families with lh>^J children, and 
to 301 single persons, and spent for this purpose $23U6.39 in cash, $221. 38 

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for coal, $66*8U for artificial limbs, $5^*93 for board and lodging and 
$lU9«00 for shoes, of which 111 pairs were for mwn and 3^ for women and child- 
ren, the total amount spent for assistance reached |2833*5^- Seven sick 
persons were admitted to Hospitals through the societies intervention; 29 
received legal protection and in 38 cases the "Bureau of Justice's services 
were obtained. In 33 cases assistance was refused, because the -oarties did 
not deserve it. During the 12 years from 1885 till tiow^ the German society 
assisted 5I2U families with lU, glj children, and 3078 single persons, with 
a total expenditure of $28,321.1^. The new Department for drawing up "oower 
of attorneys was very much in demand. According to the treasurer, Hr. Chas» 
Emerich* s report, the total receipts( including cash on hand on December 
1st, 1895,) amounted to $13,123.16, the total expenditures to $11,83U.27, 
leaving a balance of$l,288.89.- It was decided to hold the yearly General 
meeting in the future instead of in the month of December, in the month of 
February. As members of the board of directors, the following were elected: 
B. G. Halle and Alexander Klappenbach( re-elected) further Dr. Wilhelm Hessert, 
X.W. Ealb and Alb, Madlener. 

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ABmmPOST. Hay 2nd. Ig96* 


Oeman BeneTolent Society^ 

Presided OTer by Mr» Maz Xberhardt the regular monthly meeting of the 
administration of the German Benerolent Society took place* Mr« Oscar Knehne read 
the report about the activity of the administration In the month of April* Twenty 
el^t families with eighty six children and seventeen single persons have ftfnnd 
support* The majority of applicants were widows with children and such, who have 
heeome needy on account of Illness* The amount of $776*13 has heen spent for 
support* In eight cases Board and lodging was given and In three cases shoes have 
'been provided* 

!l^he demand for workmen was rather good^ Three hundred seventeeh persons found 


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Agendo 08 1, March I9, 1896 


The German-American Welfare Society had of its Charity Ball on January 21st, 
a net surplus of $10,U00,00 which was distributed as follows:- 

Old Pepple' 8 Home 


Geiman Hospital 


Alezian Bros. Hospital 


Michael Heese Hospital 


St. Elizabeth Hospital 


Gemiftn Society 


Home for Crippled Children 

I 200 

Lying In Dispensary 


Bureau of Justice 


Uhlichs OrDhATi Home 


St. Mary's Maternity Home 


Fireman's Fund 


Policeman's Fund 


Society BrholTuifi 



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ABEIjDFCST . February 3th, 13S6. 

G'^rmsn Society, 

Business manager Kuehne yesterday handed over his ro-oort to the ooard of 
directors of the German Society for the month of January, During this month IO9 
applications for help were made of which 3 have ""'een rejected and U have "been re- 
ferred to other Societies. 102 cpplicc tions ha'^^e "been considered of 67 families 
with 191 children djiH 35 single persons. 

For Charity $^-13,S6 were spent and I7 pairs of shoes hpve "been distributed. 
EmT)loyment has "been procured for 1^-2 persons. The "business mrmager calls attention 
that, according to lor^^sent conditions, employment can only oe procured for single 
■oersons on fcrms. For married r)eoole 3nd. factory workers it is very difficult to 
find employment. I'er/bership fees were received ajiiounting to $555»^'^« 

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DIB ABMBPOST. December 6th, 1895. 

fhe "Oeraazif-liierlcaB Charity Association.* 

Various German societies, which had heen founded for the purpose of helping needy 
Germans and German-Americans, also to aid German Hospitals and German Institutions 
of any kind, finally decided to comMne as one incorporated Organization* This has 
"been already accomplished, and the incorporation-papers were made out accordingly. 

The new organisation will he called the"German American Charity Association" and 
will carry on with its chsority work among the German elements of Chicago. The 
officers of the new organization are: William Hehm, president, Horace L. Brown, vice 
President, Leasing Rosenthal, 2nd Vice President, H* A. Xschenhurg, treasurer, Wm. 
G. Wassmannsdorf, secretary^ and Karl litel. Julius Loewenthal, Arthur Woltersdorff 
as advisers* 

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A'bend-Qost , January 25th, 1395* 

The Great Charity Ball, 

held last night under the auspices of the (jermsii-Ame^ican Charity Ball Association 
in the auditorium hall, has heen a great success in every respect. There were 
ahout* UOOO persons T)resent, mem'bers of the City Councils, Judges of the Court, 
RcDresentatives of the various Municipal De-oartments and all the heads of the many 
German Institutions of Chicago. The great Polonaise was the climax of the 
eveningf The "Hands" Orchestra and the Military Band of the first regiment con- 
ducted by Mr. Brooks had "been won for the evening, and contributed hy their magni- 
ficent play to the success of th<* evening. 

The festival parade started in two columns at 95 3® which was the opening of the 
hall and all the celebrities took part in it. The net -orofits as far as can he 
ascertained at present were about $2000.00. This amount will he distributed 
principally among the German Hos"nital, t..e Alexien Hospital and the German Home 
for the Aged, but in case of great need, no distinction will be made as to religion, 
nationality or race. 

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I L Die Abendpost^ Oeto1)er 30, I89U. 


The Chicago Turner Society (Tumgemeinde) has receired many letters for help 
from Minnesota and Wisconsin Farmers^ who lost their houses and existence 
throu^ the terrible forest fires of last summer. 

The Chicago Turngemeinde is asking herewith all German societies and organ- 
isations to send delegates to a special German meeting at the Tumerhall, 
Chicago Arenue and Clark Street, coming Saturday afternoon 2 O'clock, 
Horemher Uth, 

This meeting will take imrrediate action to organize and finance the necessary 
help for the needy German farmers and their femiilies* 


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Illinois StaatS"Zeitung > Sept. 2, 1893. 


p. 6. The regular nonthly session of the Geman Society's Directorate 
took place yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock at the office, No. 49 La Salle St. 
Mr. Max Sberhardt, the president of the Association, presided* Seven 
gentlemen were present. 

Mr. Kaehne's report about last month^s activities stated: **As we expected, 
the demands upon the Association's treasury, v;ere much greater than in 
former years. The increase of unemployed continues, likewise there are 
many immigrants from CJermany v/ho remained in the ulast for only a short 
time, and others who came here by v/ay of llontreal, Canada* 



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Illinois Staats-'Zeitung , Sept. 2, 1893* 

"Every day people request free transportation back to the country of 
their origin and this includes people v/ho have been here for quite some 

"Assistance vjas given to 54 families with 45 children and 26 single 
persons. Help was extended for the first time to ?>Z families v;ith 
59 children and 21 single persons. In spite of previous help 31 families 
with 86 children and 5 unattached individuals found it necessary to 
appeal aeain to the society. 

*»The causes for this distress are: In 7 cases death of the bread-winner of 
the family; in 7 fcjnilies sickness of the father; in 3 cases mother and 
children were ill; 8 families were deserted; 24 suffered v;ant through un- 
employment, and 5 families were of advanced age. 

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Illinois Staats-Zeitung > Sept* 2, 1893, 

**The destitution of the single persons v/as due to sickness and lack of 
employment; distress was caused by sickness in 5 cases, and by unemployment 
in 20 cases. 

"We have spent $304«25 in cash and $6«12 for room and board, a total of 
0310 .37. 

'^Employment , mostly farm labor, was found for 121 persons whereby we 
saved them $242 in agency fees. 

"It is regrettable that we have to record many occasions v/here people 
refuse to accept work for irrelevant reasons or, give up their job 
soon after having obtained it. 

"Vie received and mailed 137 letters and post-cards. 


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Illinois Staats^Zeitung ^ Sept. 2, 1893. 

•*Mr. iJ. J. Bransfield and the i:^russing Vinegar Co., have been accepted 
as members, contributing a total yearly amount of $10. '^ 

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Illinois Staats'^Zaltung * Aug. 5f 1893 • 


p. 2. The administration of the society held its meeting yesterday after- 
noon at its off icsy 49 La Salle Street under the chairmanship of Mr* 
George H. Rapp, vice president* At this regular monthly session the fol* 
lowing gentlemen were presents Chas* Smmerichy ..and eight others » 
Mr* Oscar Kuehne, the business manager of the Association^ read the 
reports of last month. The present crisis has also affected the German 
Society* The requests for relief were much greater than duriag any 
July in the rissociation's history, likewise the demand for labor was con^ 
siderably less than has ever been recorded for that month in former years. 
There is a considerable influx of unemployed Western laborers whose 
expectations do not materialize and they are generally without funds. 

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Illinois Staats^Zeitung , Aug* 5f l893« 

Under these conditions they apply to us for aid or seek help from other 
charitable persons. Individuals and business people should be very care* 
fttl before extending a helping hand, as there are many well disguised 
heggarSf confidence*men and drunkards vho use the present situation as a 
pretext for profitable mendicancy by pretending to be without work, food 
and shelter* Grood farm workers always find immediate emplo3rment but 
those ^0 claim to be able to do any kind of farm work but never did any, 
find difficulty in obtaining Jobs* 

Aid was given to 34 families with 100 children, and to 22 single persons* 
Aid was extended for the first time to 17 families with 53 children and 
5 single persons* 

The causes for these conditions are attributable to the following factors s 
8 families were bereft of their supporter; 12 families became destitute 

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Illinois Staats^^Zeltung t Aug. 5, l893* 

through the father*s sickness or incapacity* Three families had ailing 
children; 6 families were deserted; 5 families were poverty stricken 
through unemployment • 

regarding support given to the single perf^onsi 6 were ill and incapable of 
earning a livelihood; 13 had no work nor funds. Three were old and 
decrepit • 

For this relief we spent $217*14 in cash and $5.9* for room and board, 
iiimployment was obtained for 217 people^ whereby they saved $434 in labor 
agency fees^ In labor matters we sent and received 436 letters and cards. 
The Fuller and Fuller Company and Ur. Frx. Bopp, Vice Consul 9 were 
initiated and paid the yearly dues^ totaling $15* 

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Illinois Staata Zeitung , July 8, 1893* 

THE Gj:rman society. 

The regular monthly session of the German Society was held yesterday after- 
noon under the leadership of its president, Mr. Max Eberhardt. The business 
manager, Mr. Oscar Kuehne submitted his report of last month* s activities: 
Aid was given to 20 families with 48 children and 9 single persons} nine 
families with 20 children, and six single persons were helped for the first 
time, while 11 families with 28 children and three sing}^ persons had re- 
ceived help from the society previously. 

The reasons for their distress weres In five cases, the bread winner of the 
family had died) in five other cases, the father was sick; and in the same 
number of cases the provider had abandoned his family; two families were 
destitute and had no employment and among three families advanced age and 
infirmity were the caiises of poverty. Of the single persons to whom assist- 
ance was given, two were sick, four had no money, or worl^ and three were old 
and feeble. 

The society paid $141.50 towards their support. Employment was found for 
288 people, whereby they saved $576 in agency fees. Correspondence involved 

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Illinois Staats Zeitung , July 8, 1893, 

the reception and mailing of 337 letters and posrt cards* The following 
finoB became meznbers of the German Society and paid the yearly dues of 
$50: E. W« Zcmder A Co^^ Charles Seitz;.««» and seven other companies; also^ 
Dr. J. P. Buck* 


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AbendpoBt ^ December 7, 1892. ' " '^^ °' 


The Oerman Society. 

According to the last report of the general meeting the membership of the German 
Society amounts to 10l6. The previous annual report mentioned 1001. 128 new members 
Joined the association during the year, and II3 members left it. This years report 
complains that only a small number of the needy immigrants asking for help are far- 
mers or land workers, but the majority are business people or business employees. 
Also many women and children who followed their husbands but could not locate them, 
applied to the association for help* 3f^7 persons were in need of work, which had 
been found for 3t333 appH^ants. For direct help $2,U23e22 was distributed, also 
$252.00 for coal and $59.00 for board and lodgings. U50 families with 1,287 children 
and 197 individual single persons found help. Contributions were made to the amount 
of $6,283.72, gifts $90.50, interest $6,678.78 so that the total receipts were $lU, 
622. The expenses were: support $2,75'+^^3t wages and rent $2,770*00; printing 
$198. U5; postage $8610; taxes $5*32; miscellaneous $56.80; loans $8,OUl.97. Total 
expense $13,933*07» Present cash on hand $798.93. Total assets $35,900.00. A 
resoliition has been accepted to askf Mr. Julius Goldzier, Congressman and member of 
the association to collect material concerning the status of the movement for limi- 
tation of immigration and keep the association informed on that subject. 

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Illinois Staat8''Zeitung> Dec. 6, 1892. 


The members of the German Society held their general meeting yesterday 
with Max Eberhardt presiding* As usual » the president had prepared an 
annual report ^ on the activities of the Society • 

According to the report, the Society had 1,001 members a year ago* One 
hundred and twenty-eight joined during the previous year* Since 113 
memebers died or left the Society, a total of 1,016 members remained* 

The report also gives interesting information about German immigration* 

To judge by the activity of the Gercian Society along that line, it was very 


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Illinois Staats*Zeitung , Dec. 6, I892. 

large silthough cholera restricted immigration from (rermany in September, 
Qttober, and November* However, the fact that immigrants vho seek employ-* 
ment on farms have been fewer, and older or weaker persons, such as clerks, 
bookkeepers, etc., have come to us in larger numbers than before, 
is rather detrimental* 

Other difficulties for the German Society consisted in finding the hus- 
bands* unknown place of residence for many women immigrants, who came 
to us for information and help, and who were without means of support for 
themselves and their children* The German Society took energetic measures 
to protect German immigrants against fraud by employment agencies* Cir- 
culars were distributed in Chicago and, especially in New York, at landing 
places, where the immigrants, bound for Chicago, were advised to come to 
the Germcm Society* 

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Illinois Staats-Zeitung , Dec. 6, l892. 

The demand for labor during the past year was unusually large j especially 
farm hands were greatly needed, and as already mentioned, the number of 
strong, healthy immigrants, suitable for farms, was very small. About 
3,450 employers requested help through the agency of the German Society, 
and 3,353 workers procured employment. The following is a record of the 
employment division of the German Society for the last eight yearst 

Year. Employer. Employees. 

1885 2,011 2,354 

1886 2,366 2,599 

1887 2,382 2,530 

1888 2,197 2,249 

1889 2,325 2,256 

1890 2,923 3»097 

1891 3*226 3,169 

1892 3,457 3,353 

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Illinois Staats-Zeitung; , Dec* 6, 1892. 

Of these, 595 obtained jobs in their trades, and 2,758 as farm hands and 
day laborers* As far as nationality is concerned, there were 2,849 Germans, 
271 Austrians, 174 Swiss, 59 Russians* Employment was obtained in Illinois 
for 3,261; in Indiana for 3; in Iowa for 3; in Michigan for 5; in Minnesota 
for 3; in S* Dakota for 1; in V/isconsin for 16* 

It was necessary to write 1,910 letters to make these negotiations possible* 
The needy were aided, as usual, according to our best ability* The 
Society spent during the previous year a total of $2,423*22 in cash, 
$272*05 for fuel, and $59*00 for board and lodging, aiding 450 families 
with 1,287 children, and 197 single persons. The German Society received 
valuable aid in this relief work from the Chicago Aid and Relief Society, 
from the County Agent and the Bureau of Justice. Also German physicians 

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IllinolB Staats-Zeitung, Dec> 6, l892* 

emd pharmacist 89 as well as the German and the Alexianer hospitals » were 

always ready to help* Likewise the cooperation of the German Societies 

in New York^ San Franciscoy sind Uilwaukee were in many cases very benef icial« 

The total income of the Society was $14,662 - which consisted of $6,283.72 
in membership fees, of $90 050 in gifts, emd $1,659 in interest. 

The total expenses were $13f933«07 for relief, $2,754.43; salaries and 
rent, $2,770; printing, $198.45; postage, $86.10; taxes, $5*32| mis- 
cellaneous $56.80; loan for real estate property $8,041.97* There is a 
cash balance of $728.93 now on hand. 


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VAX ACTivrriJis of tie s\vabl\n sociijrY. 

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The Swabian Society made tho following contributions at their general meeting 
the daj/- before yesterday. The grants are for charitable purposes and institu- 
tions and also for the projected Goethe raonuinent at Lincoln Park. 

For the suffering in Hamburg, Gerraany iplOO.OO 

Old People's liome 50.00 

Uexianer Hospital 50.00 

Gerroan Hospital bO.OO 

Rosehill Orphanage 50.00 

Uhlich's Orphanage 50.00 

Michael Reese Hospital 25.00 

Financial Support for the Blink family 25.00 

German Society 25.00 

Goethe L'onument 500.00 

Total ;p925.00 

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Illinois Staats Zeitun.^> Sept* 30, l892* 


The news of the great misfortune now afflicting the city of Hamburg and 
the descriptions of the rampant misery, have aroused sympathetic response 
and nurtured t'he seed of philanthropy in the breasts of our Germans here* 
.Ve reported recently that the Hamburger Club and the Plattdeutsche Volks- 
Fest-Vereen (Low-German's Festival Club, a Pomeranian Association) have 
already come to the rescue in an energetic manner, by collecting funds 
for the sufferers and in connection therewith, we take great pleasure in 
calling particular attention to the deeds of two Germans, who, during their 
afternoon spare time, started a collection among their friends and 
acquaintances* It must be a great source of pride and satisfaction 
to these gentlemen, when they reflect upon their unselfish labors, that 
the results of their efforts netted the tidy sum of $588*25, for that is 
the amount which Messrs • Adolph Nickelsen and Smil Fillmann gathered. 


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Illinois Staats Zeitung , Sept. 30, 1892. 

This money has been sent by check through the local National Bank of 
Illinois, to Henry Salonon of Hamburg, a banker, who has been given authority 
to distribute the money to the needy, according to his own discretion. 

Mr. Salomon was thus empowered because of the great esteem he enjoys among 
Hamburg's citizens and he is also a friend of lir. Fillmann of Chicago as 
well as others, whose names appear on the appended list of donors; everyone 
therefore has the fullest confidence in his integrity. 

The List. 

Otto Sommer* .$25»00....69 names, and varying sums are listed 

Total $588.25. 

Banker Salomon will acknowledge the above memtioned sum and the 
Staats-^eitimg w ill then publish the official receipt. 

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AE2r2PCST^Sept"^rnl3e-.' ^Oth, 1392, 




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For the Alleviation of the Distress in II?^:ri'b -rg. 



The Hamovr^' Clu^o is holding a coT^r.Grt, for the henefit of the distressed 
in HamlDiirg, at the Northsine G-ynnr-stic H^ll, ThTirsdr.y, Cctoher 13th., \T-^^2^ at Z 
o* clock P,^ Li, The concrrt v/ill be .r/iven hy 35 of the host musicians of the Ht-.£;o 
Teege Orchestra vdth th^ assistance o:^ a Section of the Singing Cluh of the 
gymnastic association, cJic' of tne Sin£:inr Cl'i'b,"Vorwaerts," 

V/e want to ^ccint out, that the ITorthside Gymnastic Cluo and music oirector v/pe 
have met us in a nost charr-ing rn^inner. The g^nnnastic Club has loaned \is their 
locality :^or the even'^r^ free o" chrrge ^^nC^ Music Director Vfee^e has ^iven us the 
use of his famous Orchestra, likewise without cost. 

V7e appeal siigain to the -^-harity of o::3r patriotic cluos and citizens, to suT)-oort 
us as much os oossihle. 

Hajnh'O.rrer Cluh. 

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ABEinPCST, C hicc^o> Septe-^er lyth, 1392. 



T he HaJn'burg Cluo aT)r)eals to all its mem'bers and -oatrons to assist in 
the great misery existing in their hopietoiTn in the old co^intry, hy helping them vdth 
cash. The nisr-ry in the home to\ri on account of the Cholera, has grown to such 
a.n extent thc-t oeoole are also starvin^^r to clerth. 

All "business has oeen susnended and there is no work. Speecl.;^^ helt) is 
essential and the Hamburg CIuId hoT)es that this a^oeal will find a good reception. 
All details a.'bout collection lists v;ill he made known oy """urther puhlicotions. 

The Kamhurp; Cluh, 

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Chicago Tribu i^^ r!ar* 31, 1892. 

APPK^L TO g::]pj:in-am:^ican3. 

WPA (itU PHO-UOi/;. 

Mr, Murphy, one of the Ainerican agents in Russia, will soon issue an appeal 
to German-Americans, to aid German colonists who are starving in Russia. He 
says that there are in the distressed provinces 300,000 German colonists, 
220,000 of whom are Lutherans and 80,000 Catholics, who are in distress, who 
appeal to their kinsmen in the United States for aid. The crops have failed 
for several years and there v;as not a drop of rain for ninety-tv/o days in 
1891. The colonists have been decimated by spotted typhus fever. The gov- 
ernment has done all in its power to relieve the sufferers and has expended 
over two million rubles ($110,000,000). Aid must be speedy in order to be 

If the German American citizens v/ill send a shipload of unground Indian corn, 
the peasants will be enable'^ to grind part of it in their own windmills and 
to sow the remainder. Mr. Charles 3mory Smith, the United States Minister 
here, v;ill see that it is properly distributed among .the German colonists, who 
have been instructed how to cook it. 

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The German Society held Its annual meeting last night • Its President, the Justice 
of the Peacet U« Eberhardt, read the annual report of the society, uhlch extented 
over the period from December 1, I89O, until December 1, 1891# The activities 
of the German Society were beneficial and successful • The Income nas Increased and 
the expenses were restricted to the most necessary requirements. All reasonable 
claims of those seeking help and assistance have been readily granted. The 
membership of the society increased during the last two years from 675 to 1001, 
exclusive of 83 members who left the society. This large Increase is evidence of 
the generosity of the Germans and of the successful activities of the society's 
workers • 

The amount of regular contributions by members has increased by $2703 and 37 
members voluntarily raised their combined contributions by $75*00. 

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Illinois Staats » Zaltiing D6o« 8, I89I • 

Aocordlng to a pretty aocurate estimate 9 lOOfOOO Imznigrants oame to ChicagOf 
of whioh approximately one third Germans* It is not possible to ascertain 
definitely how many of these remained in Chicago* 

The employment office of the society revealed the glad news that the inquiries 
for workers by employers increased remarkably* The German Society was able to 
place 3169 workers, and 3226 inquired for work* Good farm help was much in 

During the year a total of Z^45 families with 1162 children, and 202 single persons 

obtained help from the society* The amount of $2008*77 was spent for this purpose* 

The expenses have been reduced compared with the previous year, because it was 
easier to place those who i^nted work* 

The German Society received during the past year 2|58 letters to be delivered to 
immigrants, and only 30 of them had to be returned as unknown* 

president Bberhardt praised the agent of the German Society^ 0* Kuhne, and his 
assistant. A* Sander, for their energetic and untiring efforts in behalf of the 
society* He also expressed gratitude to the County Agent t to the Chicago Relief 

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' Illinois Staats ■> Zeltung Deo. 8, 1891. ^_^^ 

and Aid Society t and to the Bureau of Justice for services rendered* A 
tribute of thanks was likewise extended to the physicians and pharmacists who 
had given assistance free of charge, as well as to the (}erniant the Alexlant 
St* Lucas, County, and U* Reese Hospitals for the admission of patients • 

The treasurer of the society, C. L. Nichoff , gave the following financial report* 

Total Income $21t362«47 

Balance on Deo. 1, I89O 2,859.60 

$24 •422*07 
Total Expenses 22t827*62 

Cash on hand, Dec. 1, I89I lt594>45 


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A'bendT)08t> November 20th, IS9I. 

Die &esellschaft"Erholing"(Club "Recreation) 

The well known Social Clu"b "Erholing'* cele"brated last nl^t, with numerous 
attendance of its members and friends in Freiberg* s hall, its sixth foundation 
Festival. The program was simple, but gave general satisfaction* 

Articles donated by the ladies, were raffled* The net profits of the 
festival will be used as Christmas -oresents for poor children because the ^ole 
aim of the Club/ based on charity. Fourteen families are aided at the present time. 
The officers of the Club, who arranged this Festival ares President Mrs. Dr. 
Fredigke, Vice President, Mrs. Burger, Prat. Secretary Mrs. Bergersdorf, Finance 
Secretary Mrs. Loescher and Treasurer Mrs. Rohlfs. 

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:h^-. treasurer, riov; contaiar^ the GUifi oi ,i50C#C0. 

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GERMAN 'O.'^^^'S. 


Illinois Staats ■> Zeitun^ Sept* 5t 1891« 


At the regular session of the Directors of the German Society^ irtiioh took 
place yysterdayt their agent, Oscar Kuehne, submitted the following monthly 
report : 

The German Society during the pust month assisted twenty-five families in- 
cluding fifty-six children and seventeen single persons* Among these were 
six families with 12 children and 13 single persons who received charity for 
the first time. 

A total of 342 workers found employment through our agency during the past 
month. This represents a saving of $684.00 Yrtiich would have been paid by the 
workers to the Employment Agencies. 

The amount of $86 #05 was spent in cash, and $1«44 additional for meals and 
lodgings, which is a total of $87.49# 

Annual subscriptions collected from members amounted to $641 •^Of and a special 
contribution of $12.^0 increased the total to $634«00* 

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Abendpost , March 7th, 1 j91* 

The German Society • 

The monthly meeting of the "Ge^^m^n Society" took vlace yesterday. Mr. Theilepar)e 
read his last month^ s reoort and stated, tiiat, fifty two families, one hundred and 
five children and thirty six single persons received heir) amounting to S?S5#S0, 

Also one h\"!ndred rnci sirty applicants found emoloyment through this Society, 
They had to elect a new ag'^nt in nlace of Mr. Thie'et>a-oe as he is retiring next week. 
The nomination of tne new agent will take r>lace next Tuesday a.t 5 P»^*- "^y sr)ecirJ 


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Illinois Staa ts Zeitung, /vpr. 18, 1890. V^^*"^^^ 


The v/onian*s society, **Recover> '*, whose purpose it is to aid Gernian families in 
distress, held an entertainment last evening in Freiberg's hall. 

The first part of the program consisted of a number of splendid recitations, 
and the second part of special dances. 

The cash balance, which resulted from the evening's entertainment will be put 
into the treasury of the society. L'ore than a dozen really poor German families 
are aided from the treasury with a total outlay of 535^,00 to ;^40.00 per month. 
The society has now 150 members, and the membership increases in proportion 
as the actual requirements of needy families, are continually gro./xng. 

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III B 2 'Ubendpcst^' , Apr. 16, 1891 

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''EIuX'LUlNiG*' (RiiCRE.1T I ClO CLUB 

The Club, '*Recreetion," well knov/n in trie re.uotest circles by its chari- 
table actions f^rreji'^ed yesterday in Brand's Hall on eveninf^ entertainiaenb 
v^ith do.ncin5:* The nrcr:rB:a en excellent cne, was i^iven in the :..cst charming: 
manner. The ladies, l.arie and Ida Rahlfs, A Greiner, Tillie Bischcff, Eer- 
jholdt end V/ohlecke, alsd l-r» Goekel and the iccyal Zeither quortet end the 
Kreuzer quartet Club deserves special appreciation for their HiUsicel and re- 
cital perfcriuances. 

A very jolly dance entertaininent ccncluced a lixst successful evening. The 
takings exclusively have been used fcr charitable purposes. The arran^^e- 
nents of the evening have been t.cccmplished by i-essrs, Kiebe, Lueders, Berber, 
Ixischer, Siegers, Kertschel, Rahlfs, Greiner, Tin^iette and Glenz. 

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Abendpost > Jan« 5, 1891# 


The Directors of the German Company held their regular monthly meeting yes 
terday. From the report of the Inanager, Mr, Ylm. Thielepope, we understand 
that during the entire month of December, only sixty-four families, with 
one hundred fifty-eight children, as well as fifteen unmarried people, re- 
ceived relief to the amount of |326.56» One hundred thirty-eight people 
received wo3*. 

The following men joined as members: S* Frendenburg, Robert E* Bluthardt, 
Heniy ¥• Lehmann, Gustavo Frukler, !• ?/• Kraft and Huttonlocher^ 




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III a Die Abendpost, Dec. 2, 1890. 



The German Aid Society of Chicago had its 35th Annual meeting at the office, 
49 La Salle Street. According to the report of Police Judge Eberhardt, Pres- 
ident, the Society has 683 members. 3097 German immigrants got employment 
throiigh the Emoloyment-Deoartment of the Society, while 370 German families 
with 981 children received support. 

The total expenses were $14,078.12, the total income $15, 080.14. The present 
cash "balance on hand is $32,275.73. The election of new members for the Board 
of Dire?rtors gave the following results:- 

Doctor Th. J. Bluthardt, 
Adolf Sturm 
Julius Goldzier 
E. G. Halle, 
Edy/ard Koch. 

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Die Abendpost , Nov. 8, 1890 # 

/gsbmn aid societ^ 

The ••DeutschB Gesellscliaft" (German Aid Society) had its monthly meeting last 
night, at which occasion the following report was read: 

During the past month of October, 27 families with 71 children and 20 single 
adults were supported. Furthermore, 277 workmen were put to work. The total 
expenses for support given amounted to $173.40, while the contributions from 
members were altogether $524»00 in monthly dues, gifts, etc. 

As new members, the following were taken in: Messrs. David, Heirner, Weber, 
and Erby* 




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Die AbeiMipost . July 12, 1890 • 


The administration board of the German Society gathered this afternoon for its 
regular monthly meeting* According to the report read, 28 families with 65 
children and 12 single adults received help during last month, amotmting to a 
total expense of |144#67* 

Furthermore 314 persons were put to work* 

The Society recioved ♦436*00 for dues last month and a gift of ♦4#00* The 
following gentlemen were accepted as new nembers: John Schlenker, Oh* Bohlans, 
E« Hecht* 

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Die Abendpost, Teb. 8, 1890 • 


Under the leadership of President Eberheordt, the above society held its month- 
ly meeting* Agent W. A. Thielepape gave his monthly report* 

Support was given to 39 flamilies with 120 children and 31 single persons, ag- 
gregating I174.25 cash, $28* 50 for coal, $20*88 food and lodging, total $223* 

Besides, work was found for 110 laborers, through the society^s efforts. Col- 
lection of yearly contribution dues, $268*50. A list of people and brewers 
who volxintarily increased thsir contributions for the following year was ap- 


Die Alpendpost , Jan. 27, 18S0. 


Mr. Friedrich aehm, of 141 S. TTater Street, who has tried his utmost to 
personally ameliorate the suffering in that State, has sent the first 
allotment of clothing and funds. Although the present amount is small, . 
it will help to alleviate some of the distress. To contributors he gave ^^J 
receipts; a total of #13^50, and for this amount he issued his personal ^' 
check for $21.00. Besides this, Mr. Gehm sent 140 circulars to the 
ministers of the city, imploring them to come to the rescue of their 
"sister community," Vermont City, Edmunds County, So. Dakota. 

We may predict that this call for assistance will not remain unheeded. 

The Ch. M. & St. Paul Railroad announced it will deliver gratis all articles 

which are "bonafide donations to their destination. 

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Illinois otaats Zeitun:;^ Liar. 4, 18S9. 

A co:.PARi3o:: of be:svol::::t ACTiviTiiiis 

;JiO:X} G3RI-.L\M3 /uND JKIo. 

In the Sunday issue of the Chicago Herald a coiaparison is inade of t}:e benevolent 
activities of ohe Gerir^.ns and the Jev/s of this city. There are 200,000 Gernnns 
back of the German Society and only 35,000 Jews support the United Hebrew 
Relief Association. The mjority of the 200,000 Germns arn well off, but a 
large number of the 35,000 Jews live in poverty. How do the Germans and the 
Jev/s take care of their poor? A thorouf_':h investi[^ation of this Joatter disclosed 
the fact that the Jews take sufficient care of their poor, while the Germans do 
not . 

During the past year the German Society assisted 176 German families for which 
it spent »$1, 560.91, which is less than*^ 310.00 per fardly. The United Hebrew 
Relief Association helped 1,224 fainilies and spent $16,04^.09 for this purpose. 
Lore than ninety per cent of these fnwilies cair.e from Russia a.nd Poland, but their 
benef'^ctors, the Jev/s of Chicago, who contributed the money, were nearly all 
born in Germany. 



The German Society has about 700 members, who contribute annually between ^4.00 

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Illinois otarits Zeitun-^, Ijir. 4, 1889, " ' ^ 

to vjdO.OO. The Swiss I.iutual Benefit Association fiirnishsd the largest amount, 
namely i?200.00 due to the fact that the German Society takes care also of the 
Sv7iss, iJot one of the Crernan millionaires in Chica.i^o gave $100.00 or more. 

The 200,000 Oernians of Chicago, as represented ''o'j the 700 members, v/ho are con- 
sidered as the best of the total Geri:nn population, contributed only $14,805»05 
to the Gerrian Society, iri'^. of this amount the Society spent 9l3,800.00» 

\lo\j let us compare this v/ith the Jev/ish charitable !ictivitiei3, as represented 
by the United llebrev; j^eliei Association. This Association spent for relief, as 
mentioned before, the sui . of ^16, 044.09, or 32,000.00 m.ore than the Geriiian 
Society w s able to spend for its different purposes. Thousands belong, to the 
Jewish Association, and the example of the oimii Congregaiiion is evidence of 
their liberal contributions. Ten .::embers of thut con^:;regation gave the total 
amount of vl>lV^*00. Of course, it is the richest of the Je\7ish congregations, 
yet others gave evidence of similar liberality. 

The agent of the German Society, ..'. C. .-. Thielepape, was asked: *\Aiy do the 
200,000 Gerr/ins of Chicago contribute so little to charity for their countrymen?** 


Jllincis Stacits Zeitung , I.iir, -r, 1889. 

He replied v/ith an air of indignation: **The Je\7s are more sensitive, and more 
susceptible to charity; but the Germans in Chicago are rather illiberal and 
every cent, destined for charity, must be v/rested from them, ./e have in this 
city German uillionaires v/ho can spare $10,00 onl^/, annually, for this Societjr, 
which is the onljr one assisting the needy among their ov/n nationality. 
This is a disgrace for cur population, and, nind you, even these small 
contributions must be collected by us. \/e must make the rounds, and ask, and 
beg for the same, otherwise, v/e would have no means to help.'* 

If the Society has to labor under such unfavorable conditions then v/e can 
understand 'rhy it is unable to even apT)rOXiiaately alleviate destitution prevalent 
among the German speaking population. 

It is true that the Geriuin Society has othor activities, besides assisting the 
needy among their people. One of its chief purposes is to assist the immigrant 
from Germany in every possible v/ay, and to find employment for those unemployed. 
But to help the needy and destitute among its ov/n people belongs to its object- 
ives. The Society assisted twenty-five families in the month of February, 
which required ^105.00. 






















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The Jews, on the other hand, have a much better record. They assisted 

143 local, and 20 l^iijrant families in October 

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It tt ft February 

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Chicagoer Arbeiter Zeitun^; , Feb. 18, 1889. 


The third festival c:' this season tc raise funds for tne v/ives and children 
of our martyrs was a f^reat success. 

V/e estimate that about 5000 people v/ere present in the North Side Turner 
Hall last night. 

The whole affair was a tremendous demonstration of the solidarity of all 
the progressively minded elements of the population of Chicago. 

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Chicagoer Arbeiter Zeitunr., Dec. 8, 1888. JJ ^PROi 3/' i 


Our charitable organization the '•German Society** seems to associate itself 
completely with the law - for yesterday this society elected as president a 
police- judge, and a constable as secretary. 

Obstirate greenhorns who from now on do not approach officials of the society 
with suitable modesty can therefore be punished and tamed immediately. This 
certainly is progress. 

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II^E 8 Chicn-o V rbeiter Zeitun p;, Sep. 9, 1888. 

/kq; geriaan 3ociety7 ^^'^ On.)?''^ 

Yesterday \7as the monthly business meeting of the "board of directors of the 
Deutschen C^esellschaft in iliehof 's bank offices. 

The impudence v/ith v/hich this so-called benevolent society makes its state- 
ments public is indeed touching. From total monthly receipts amounting to 
$362 only $57.42 were spent for the original and correct purpose. 

And v/hat v;ill become of the rest? Our readers are asking. 

TJell, there are the officers and clerks,, receiving each $80.00 per month, 
and there is the rent, a v<^ry important item, as LIr. Niehoff, the ovmer of 
the building, hin^self is a prominent member of the society. 

He shows himself, though, once a ye^ir, as a great benefactor, by considerably 
reducing the rent on December 31st and then raising it again on January 1st. 
This procedure does not show any advantage for the society as far as we could 
figure out with our modest and limited abilities. 

During winter the society is forced to spend more for charity, but on the 
other hand the receipts are larger. All in all, we do not think it an 

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exaggeration to st*\te thn.t for every dollar paid out for charity, your dol- 
lars are being used for other purposes. 

But in -^.nother direction this society's blessings she:? very effect ively» 
\7hen anyone of the slnve drivers c-\nnot procure a slave on the market, most- 
ly because he is knovm or on account of some strike, he confidentially applies 
to the Deutsch^Gesellschaft, for this society always has a number of these 
unfortunate ones on hand, who can be bouj^ht for any amount. This is, in 
short, the humanitarian activity on the p'lrt of the Deutschen Gesellschaft. 

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Illinois Staats Zeitung, August 4, 18Pi8 


The German Society has granted relief and assistance to 14 families, with 
32 children, and 10 single persons during the past month 

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The society has also succeeded in placing 250 unemployed, thereby saving 
a total amount of $500«00 which the \inemployed, would have "been forced to 
pay to employment agents. 


The total of $65»20 was spent during the month for relief; cash $55.25; 
for coal $2.75 and for meals $7*20 

Members contributed in fees $462.00 during the month and as new members 
were added. Messrs. Foreman Bros, and Mr. Ch. von Helmolt made annual 
contributions of $10.00. 

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Chicaroer Arbeitwr Zeituri^: June 2, 1888« 

E>:penses i'or charity of the sn^called DeutschennSesellschaft amounted to 
$85»30 last month while the receipts showed $583.00» 

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Illinois 3ta.-.ts Zeitxmg ^ Dec- 7, 1887 


tkj] geri^n society. 

Following is the annual report of the President of the German Society, ./iliiam Vocke: 
••It is a pleasant mission of mine to report the last year as one of the most success- 
ful years the society has had. There v/as a me-rked increase in membership. The in- 
terest in the organization by the German people of Chicago has become more acute. 
The financial support, extended to our clients, has been more generous and the fin- 
ancial status of the German Society is much more satisfactory now thim ever before. 
The activity of this society's employment agency did not change during the past year, 
although the anarchistic disturb^mces of recent years prejudiced the Aiaerican em- 
ployer against German labor. They prefer Scandinavian and Irish workingmen, in spite 
of the fact, that the Germans are generally regarded as the cleverest and the most 
diligent amongst laborers. Fortunately this prejudice is confined to the city only, 
for the ^.merican farmers still look for help among the Germans, v/hom they consider 
most conscientious and expert workers and appreciate their knowledge acquired in the 
old country. Financial assistance v/as extended to 246 families and to 221 single 
persons, which amounted to $1,595.95. The German Society supervises a 4:13,000 fund 
and aside from that, the society owns m piece of real estate property valued at 
$4,000.00, besides the sum of .A, 362.85 in the cash register January 1st, 1887. 


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Illinois Staats Zeitung ^ Dec* 7, 1887 


The executor for the late Ilrs. Louis Hesing handed, according to the will of the 
deceased, the sum of $500.00 to the treasurer of our society. This donation de- 
served a special mention, as it is the first large gift since the existence of the 
society. In tribute to the donor, the managing council of the QiQvm^xi Society 
decided to add this gift to the already established fund and listed it as the 
Luise Kesing Fund, the interest of ^ich should be used for beneficiary funds. 
TThe festival at the Turner Hall, April 17th, for the benefit of this society netted 
us $727.07. During the year ending November 30th, 1886, 111,696 imiTiigrants arrived 
in Chicago; 41,635 of whom were Germans, many of them seeking the aid of this 
society. The German Society, in existence for thirty four years, never felt the 
need for the erection of a home for immigrants more than it does now, and we call 
on our compatriots to help and support us in this endeavor. .7e express our deep 
appreciation to the Alexandrian Brothers Hospital, Michael Reese Hospital, and the 
German Hospital, for their kind co-operation.'* 

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Illinois Staats Zeltimg, February g, 1SS5. 


The German Aid Society held a meeting last night, r)re sicked over by A. Thielepape* 
According to his report, $183.50 were "oaid to applicants for financial assistance 
and $lU»Uo were siDent on meal tickets for needy ^iiersons during the Dast month. 
This assistance was given to thirty-seven families and twenty-two individuals. 
Clothing and shoes were provided for forty-four adults and sixteen children. 

The German Aid Society received during last month *^53«00 in donations from generous 
German residents and $Uo.OO from the Swiss Aid Society. 

After Mr. S. Bucher exolained the -ournose of the Free Lpgal Advice Section of 
the German Aid Society, the meeting was adjourned. 


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Illinois St?iats Zeit-jn,^ , January 22nd, 1S35. '.;-^'--v - 

c;eri/:a1'J souP kitchens (suppen aiistalten) 

The Executive Board of the Gprman Aid Society held a meeting l.'^st night, 
in the guest room of "Old Quincy No. 9" •'^resided o\''er "by Mr. John Peldkajnp, 
who introduced Messrs. Wilhelm Bocl-:e and Henry Hill as sr)eakers# Th-y "both 
took the standr)oint that t':i<=^ Germ.^ Aid Society, even vrhen aided "by donations, 
would not he strong enough, financially, to establish f?nd maintain a sout>- 
kitchen in every T>art of Chic-^go. A Torogram of this magnitude can be 
carried out, only, v^lth the assistrmce and coor)er?tion of tne city ad- 
ministration. Therefore, Mr. TTilhelm Thiele-oaDe was intended to write 
to the Mayor of New York, and ask him for information on the functioning 
of soup kitchens, which h^ve "been in successful oo'^ration tliere meny years, 
each winter. 

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III G Illinois Starts- Zeitung , Jr^miary 3. 1SS5 5»^ yi'p^ gj 

Deutsche G-esellschaft (The German Aid Society) Ks 

The Executive Comnittee of the German Aid Society held an important meeting 
yesterday, in order to come to a decision regarding German soup kitchens. 
There are more unem^^loyed this year than during last winter. The misery is 
particularly severe among newcomers from Germany, who do not speak suffic- 
ient English to contact freely with employers of' any kind throughout the 

The establishment of soup kitchens would be a ^^^reat blessing for this 
multitude of unem::^loyed men who in the majority are single and homeless. 
The German Aid Society has received, already, generous offers from German 
groceries, meat markets and bakeries concerning permanent donations of 
food supplies. This will be a great help towards the upkeep of the planned 
soup kitchens. There will be a soup kitchen in every district of Chicago. 
The German Ladies' Society has expressed its willingness to cooperate in 
every way, to make the humanitarian enterprise a success. 

There will be another meeting next week to hasten the opening of the 
German soup kite tens. 

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Chicacoer Arbeiter Zeituiv, ^^rr. 3, 1?':.4. 

The directors of the Ger:.:an Society* s Ladies Club held its nonthly rieetir^^^ 
yesterday. In the treasurer's rev-'or^ v:e fir^d: 3oi:triluticr.s received, v^5,25; 
donations for the Altor.Leir. funi tlirou^h !.'r3. "Ztner CoO.CC; fro:.i the **Hed Cross 
Society ^162*15 i.s half of the surplus fron the collection for the Ohio flood- 
sufferers, for 7;hich the tha^iks o" the directors v;ill I'e expresfsed* Expenses 
were ;85,2r: for aid and :7.00 fcr collection* Fo - aid in the ncnth of Arril 
:J65,dO v/as a:;* ropriated. A c^'l^i niece v/hich v^ias found at the anni — rsary fenti' 
val call, will \>o added to the Society fund, if not clair-.ed cy the j^c.^r ao 
!.'rs. F. So^L er's hor.e, 2212 Archer Avenue. 

After resolving to call a general .T.eetinf for Tuesday the 8th inst. in order 
to prepare for the election of o^'r'icers in Ulrich*s Hall, adjourn:nent took 


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Die Fackel (Die Chica:-cer 'Irbeiter Zeitun;.), ::ar. 22, 13S4# 

C 1 L'lK i-TY B*.LL 

For the benefit c± tv/c orulis.ns cf v. deceased :..e::;ber c£ Fort Dearborn Lcd^e 
!Io» 9 A* €'• U» ;Y. and I.'ew Chica:-o Lodre ;:o. jOG I. €• €• ?• 

will be held 
vridav, I'arch 28, 1S^4 
at ':he Aurora Turn Falle 
Tickets oO ce.itc For lentlei.ien and lady 

Hae CC:.-aittee« 

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II D 3 Chicago Arbeiter Zeitunc > i.'ar, 10, lcP4, 


III H THE '♦Gzr:.^::'' su3Fzri::c ii: Chicago 

The monthly report of the GerMan Society's Acent, Chas. Enders, for the nonth of 

February, states:- 

1500 I^TTTiic^ants arrived against 13C0 in January. 

Ci.xy a s-^nall part remained in the city» Extortions '^^^j i:mi,^:rant tavern keepers 

v/ere not reported. The call fro... the une:r;ployed at the Bureau i- still very 

large; most^ of them want to .:et v;ork in the city, becau::e they don't like to go 

to the country. 

Good farmhands are already i: d^.-iiand. Employed, mostly farmers and rardeners 
v/ere 123. 136 unemployed were £;iven v;ork a:id board, air.onc them 42 woman and 
rirls* Of these v;ho asked for relief 72 v;ere niiven assist-ince and for this 
purpose :>i:C6.25 have been spent. 65 letters were received. About 40 persons 
called for their mail* In one of the letters the heirs to a large legacy in 
Gerrany were sought, v/hom we located in Salem, Uirion County, IlliriOis. The 
other letters were mostly req.uests for ;;ork and assistance, also askin.^ for 
i reformat ion.- 

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II B 8 ChlcaGO Arbeiter ZeitujiL' , Mar. 10, 1^84. 


The assistant arent nvA ccllectcr, It. E. Kliu;:enoerg oltLined ^264,50. 
The follov/ing 4 me:r.bers joirted:- 

F, T, Schlecel ? 5.00 

Chas. Breyrolre 4.00 

AdolDh Sturai — »— • 10.00 

3uGene E, Kruss^r^ 25.0C 

Yearly contributions 

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Chlcagoer ^irbeiter z.eitung . ?eb. 18, 1884. 


Gernan citizens of Chicagol 

Uie appeal for help i*rom Ohio has also reached our city. Thousands of 
unfortiinates lost all their possessions, no\v exposed to hunger and cold 
pray for helpi 

Shall we let them perish or, remembering the fire catastrophe of our 
city in 1871, when we were in the same position should we extend a 
helping hand to our benefactors? Convinced that the German citizens 
of our city will extend help to our unfortunate brethren in Ohio, 
the same as they did last year to our brethren on the Rhine and the 
Danube, the Chicago Turngemeinde, issues an invitation to the 
representatives of the different German Lodges and Societies, also 
to the Grerman citizens in general, to be present at a meeting at the 
Nordseite Turn-halle on February 18th, at 8 ©•clock P.M. 

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Jhie g^o er .vrbeiter Zei tuR;: 

Feb. 4, 1884, 


The ^eman jocietios I'.r. lenders, reports;- 

last noath'o in: igrati-on v/^i : a very sri-.tll one ccr.parea • ith that oi' 
Dece.Tiber. .^hile in Lecer.ber 5bOC ner.:on3 arrived an.: left a.jain only 
130C Dersons uiu so last :.oath, ^.he naioritv-' o:' ther. continued their 
journey to .'ollow ^neir country:. en, v/.io preccw^ed them to .settle in 
their miast. !.03t oi' the iri.i;:rant3 ca-.e rror. ..e-itern Truosia, .'olanu, 
etc, .-kll had very little rieans. 

The re'iuests Tor assistance v/ere considerable, out o:' the liian*: \:ho 
a;)plied 65 v;ere rojnd ;:o.rt'iV ( :* heln ^jnil ..^IC.Bl^ was redistributed anon^s 
then, Besides 10 poor Tanilies v:ore helped v;it:i heating riaterial, 99 
emnlovers asked us to sup,)lv theiu v. ith .vorkin.::-en anc. \:e furnished v.^ork 
an: lovi.-.-ine: to 172 une/.oloyed, aioii:; the:; 14 vvonen ana jlrlf. 


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II F Chicagoer Arbeiter Zeitung , Jan* 18, 1884  


The German Society received a new charter and v;ill be called '^German Society 
of Chicago** hereafter. 

The Society was permitted to acquire real estate and to increase the number 
of directors from 11 to 15 • 

It was resolved to hold another meeting on Friday in the office of the 
banker, Ivlr. Nichoff , on which occassion the organization of the new charter 
will take place. 


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The great di^amatic and musical evening performance which the ^'Johannah Lodge** 
is giving for the benefit of poor children v;ill take place in Brand's Hall 
tomorrow evening. 

In the musical program, Mr# L. A* Phelps, Miss Rae Rosenberg and l!rs. I* C. 
Stein are participating vrhile the dramatic part which consists of the one 
act comedy ''V/ho is to Win Him?** v/ill be performed by Messrs. 0. 3. Danncona, 
S« T. de Lee, Milton J. Foreman, Miss Hattie Spiegel, Miss Addie Greenebaum, 
Miss Theresa Frank and Miss Laura Hay. 



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Cnicar-oer Arceiter Zeitunr, June 7, IZiA. 


Ir. yesterday* s meeting*, Llessrs. '/.ettich, Mill, Lladlener, roerliri, 'Jar.pold, r.'ichoff 
and Stum v;ere present* The follov/int: ^e^Grts v/ere received: C^ollected -is per 
r^por-s for the raonth of Llay ;^42'3#75, IIessra» 3chen::uul arid Franz Thielnann join- 
ed the Society. The a^ent reports: Last rionth^s irirrdcr^ition was also heavy, 
Frori the total who arrived, lialf v;ere 3v/e3 3s, horv/ef^ians and Danes. Cf those v;hc 
ca:r.e next, the i^:ajorit.y consisted of -n-jlish sutjects, principally fro:: Ireland. 

A good many **sutjects** v/ere fro::i the Crerrian Zi-nire, also fror: Austria, especially 
i::iany Bohemans and Poles fro:r: the latter country. From Sv/itze: land cane very few 
French and Kussian almost none. A total of 13,500 a^ciinst 16,500 in tlie month of 
April. The r.iajority had some mear.s and continued their journey and joined their 
predecessors in the western and northwestern stntes and territories. Of lost 
bac^ga^'e only 2 cases were reported to u: and v/e took the necessary steps to recover 
same, "llhere is a considerable de.and for farm hands and servant girls. ..-e secur- 
ed 'work and lolf^inf: for 035 unemployed^ against 441 in April, of w/.ich were 55 
women and ::;:irls and 590 m.on and boys. The requests for direct help v:ere more 


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I c Ghica^^oer Ar'oeite r Zeituiir:, June 7, lPc4. 


moderate, a total of .^447.75 bein^ spent ^503.07 in the previous ncnth. 

The correspondence consisted of 41 letters received, called for 28, and mailed 

Charles Znders, Arent, 

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Ghicaco .vTbeiter 3eitunc-, Oct* 6, 1803* ^ — ^ 

The German Society: The receipts of Ic'^st month amounted to ."^133. 75. 

A Committee consisting of Messrs. Kiehoff , Swissler and Borlin was elected for 
the T)urT)Ose of getting in communication ^ith renl est^.te r^ealers, to find s 
suitaMe lot for tne projected "building of the "German Society." The cost of 
the latter was estimated at $^,000( the r)rice o*^ the lot not included); the 
"building snould have five floors with a high main floor; first of all it should 
serve the T)urr)Ose, to offer all immigrants a moderate -oriced and safe refuge, 
naturally to contain am^le rooms "^or the German Society^s own "business offices. 
Also it should "be located as close as nossible to thf: center of the city. 

The elected committee should issue a proclamation to the German citizen, 
regarding the making O"^ subscriptions for the building... The agent's re-nort 
says, thr^t the immigration in SeT)tember of this year amounted to 5300 "oersons. 

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* xl D 8 Chicagoer Arbeiter ZeituriK. April 6, 1883. \ ^/ 


At the general meeting yesterday the following reports were received: The Treasurer 
reported that the sum taken in by the Society during the past year amounted to $6,977 
on payments oi* loans, $6,424.54 on contributions, $673.60 interest and 4)1,119.90 
additional payments of the /vomen's Society; adding the sum of $81.99 present in the 
cash register at the beginning of the financial year, makes a net total of ^>13, 477.03- 
The outstanding claims amount to ^9,800.00. The expenditures for the year were 
$12,564.72, of which $2,039.59 were spent on relief, ;?6,950.83 is invested capital 
and $3,574.32 for salaries, rent, etc. According to this report the Society disposes 
of a surplus of 4>912.51. This, together with the afore-mentioned outstanding claims, 
and property representing a value of ^5,000.00, amounts to $15,702.31, the Society's 
total fortune. The President's annual report told further that the Society's member- 
ship increased from 602 to 731, with an increased annual contribution from $3,563.00 
to h)4,835.00. The immigration was heavier during last year than ever before, the 
total figure reaching 712,542 of vAiich 229,986 were German imirdgrants, the majority 
of the last mentioned group has chosen the western States as their domicile. Chicago 
was the destination of 226,000 immigrants, almost one third of the total number^ 
The immigration ofiicials are working under the supervision of the Federal government 
which is of great advantage to the immigrants. We express our gratitude to the rail- 
road companies for their willing cooperation. 7/e also commend the employment offices 


Chicagoer Arbeit er ZeitunK ^ April 6, 1883 • 

for their good work. Of the 15,706 persons looking for emplojinent , 5,067 were placed* 
-The City Council has been appealed to for an ordinance by which, operating an employ- 
ment bureau would depend on the Mayor's consent and therefore, would be under police 
supervision. This request has been complied with lor the benefit of the iir)i?:i^rants. 
The Society has been asked to help 23,45ii persons (20,216 itales, 3,136 females). 
Relief and advice wa& given 3,887 exceeding the list of the previous year by 873. 

Complying with the request of the German Society, the County agent helped 678 and 
the Relief and Aid Society, 302 persorrj. iedical treatment was received by 116, 
another 156 have been referred to hospitals and 38 received medicines free. 

The financial status of the Society is, as pointed out by the treasurer, satisfactory. 
A building for permanent occupation by the German Society Ims not been found so far. 
The following men then were elected directors: Messrs. Jacob Beiersdorf, William> 0. 
Hettich, Ivlax Eberhardt, Conrad L. Niehoff, Louis Wampold, Henry W. Hill, F. Madlener, 
2dward G. Uehlein, George H. Happ, Carl t:oll, William Vocke, •^illisirt Swis&ler, Louis 
Berlin, John Feldkamp and Richard Schicle. 

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Chlcagoer Arbelter Zeitung . Saturday, Jxine 3rd, 1SS2, ( ;vrV .^ i 



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The German Society held its monthly session , yesterday. The Swahian Society was 
received and report of the agent is as follows:- In the last month 210 employers 
called to ohtain workers, hut quite often without any result, although a sufficient 
numher of employment seekers were at the same time present in the office. 6I3 
applications for employment were placed, the agent is complaining that some of 
these immigrants are demanding too many favors which causes the society unnecessary 

The influx of Immigrants through Chicago in February was 10,U50, in March l6,700» 
in April 20,000 but in May over 50,000, Litfel« omr l^t remained in Chicago, etc. 

o\ G:.H!£M 

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Chic>^r-:oer Arb^iter Zeitune, S.^n. May 7th, 1.<^^.2. 

TrE Gi.H}iAlI SOCIi^TY. 

Yesterday afternoon at o P.M. the reg^ilrr business meetinp; was o-oened "by 
President Beiersdorff t^-^^. tne following reoort was received. . In Fel^nic-ry 
10,U50 in Karch 16,700 and in AT)ril .-"bout ?0,000 inimmgrrnts wr-nt through 
Chicago. Of tnis tne Scanc'.incnvi^ns constituted the mr iority; next v^ere 
the Bohenirns nnd '^Vest Prussians. Only f> few of the tr.^vellprs were in 
need of hel-o and a very snail rjerc^ntage remained in this city. At tne 
office of tnis Society we had I92U t)^rsons c.^llin^, amon^T tnem 205 
emr)loyers, mostly farrners rr\^ florists. The d^-^^r^and for crr^ent^rs a^d 
cabinet makers was very lively. Only 271 aT^r^lic^nts for work out of 1132 
were lolaced. 

l!r. Beiersdorff, criticized the gr.-nting O"^ Mr. Lemont» s (Qua.rry Owners) 
request -of su-o-olying him with worVin?? nen, Mr. Lemont' s letter was then 
transferred to tne emoloyment office. 

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Chica>^oer Arbeiter Zeituns, April 24, 1882, 


Possibly a few of our readers are ignorcint of the colossal duties at 
present of the &erman Society since emigration has attained such 
large dimensions. Q;aite a few families arriving are in ut:7iost 
distress and are taken care of by the society and especially their 
indefatigable and capable agent Charles Endres, earned the gratitude 
of two families worth mentioning. One couple with three small 
children arrived from Hinterpommern ^vith their destination as North 
Mc Grregor, Iowa» but only railroad tickets to Chicago and in 
possession only $8.00 left. This T^as spent soon and the hotel 
management put them on the street. The German Society with the 
aid of the Prauen-Verein, came to their rescue, gave them lodgings 
and transportation to North Mc Gregor. Under similar conditions 
a family of five children was taken care of. 

Chlcagoer Arbelter Zeitung, Wed. March 15th, lgS2, 

Por The Protection Of Immigrants. 

Yesterday afternoon the Agitation Committee of the German Society held its meeting, 
to find means and ways to assist German immigrants. 

Mr. Kerkcl explained in a long speech tliat it would he of great benefit to Chicago 
if immigrants travelling through the city formed a favorable opinion of it. 
According to his views it would not be so very difficult to induce some persons or 
parties to make donations, let us say: 10 at $100.00, at least 20 at $50.00, at least 
50 at #25.00 , at least 100 at $10.00. It should be T)Ossible to find at least UOOO 
more who would make annual contributions to the Immigrants* Protective Fund of the 
German Society. 

Mr. Kenkel then was elected General Agent for the trurpose of soliciting new members! 
as assistant for the Southside Mc Damman will function for the Westsidc, Mr. Riese. 

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/7:i: G.I._j; 3L:0Ti:^ 


The German Society held its reg'ilar Session yesterday. Great numbers of new 
memlDers were initiated and the agents rer)ort accepted. We quote from it: Almost 
twice the number of em-oloyers made use of our office during this month as com- 
pared with the T)revious one: 69 emnloyers as compared with '^O in January. We 
suDplied 176 unemr)loyed "oersons with worl and shelter, against 75 in January. 
Among them were many immigrants. 

Last month's new arrivals in Chicago total 10,^50 against 7f 200 in January, 
the majority of them coming from Westphalia and from Alsace-Lorraine. The 
agitation committee has "been requested again to crusade against the crooked 
EmDloympnt offices. 

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CHICAGOER AHBEITER ZEITtJHG , Saturday, Te^bniary ISth, lgS2* 


The Directors of the German Society held 'a meetizigt yesterdayt and passed a resold 
utlon requesting the Council of Administration to employ more collectors and to 
put on a drive for new members* 

American and German wholesale houses shall 1)e visited and solicited for back 
donations, for the reason that these firms indirectly profit from immigration* 
As soon as we hare enough testimony collected, we will prosecute all employment 
offices engaging in fraudulent practices* 


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Illinois Staats-Zeitung , Oct. 8, 1881. .„.,, ., : .... .,..- 

TIIE OiiM^lAl^T SOCIiiirY 

At yesterday's regular monthly sescion of the German Society the follovdng 
persons were present besides chairman Beiersdorff and Secretiiry Eberhardt: 
Mrs. 7/eakmeister and Messrs. Madlener, Hill, Hettich, Erbe , Ber^j, Uihlein, 
and Biroth. 

Carl Moll tendered his resignation because he did not approve of Agent Ender*s 
conduct. The resignation was not accepted becfiuse the affair was not considered 

of sufficient importance translator's note: Details are given but are 

omitted in the translation because it was simply an altercation^^/ The monthly 
report of the agent follows. 

According; to estimates 18,000 immigrants arrived in Chicago by rail in the 
month of September, or an average of 600 per day. All European nations were 
represented. Swedes, ITorv/egians, and Danes were still most numerous. About 
four fifths of these continued their Journey after a short stay. With few 

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Illinois Staats^Zeituac^ , Oct. 8, 1881. Wi'A -^LL. PKOi. J02/ 

exceptions they were farm workers ^nd laborers and had little money. 

In the Isst month 1492 persons called at our office, an averar-e of 57 daily. 
There were 1239 men and boys and 253 women and Tirls. The follovang voca- 
tions wor- represented: laborers 785, driu3.c>;ists 6, bakers 33, butchers 5, 
brewery workers 6, miners 3, bookbinders 6, printers 2, building carpenters 
25, dyers 5, gardeners 9, goldsmiths 4, hatters 1, engineers 4, clerks 88, 
coopers 6, 7/aiters 2, teachers 9, millers 10, bricklayers 7, painters 6, 
machinists 43, stonecutters 3, tailors 3, blacksmiths 7, tiT)esetters 11, 
shoemakers 55, saddlers 2, locksmiths 52, caibinetmakers 24, paperhan^ers 1, 
potters 2, wheer;;ri.?,hts 4, total men 1239 /Translator's note: I can find only 
1229 according to the figures given/; total women 253, grand total 1492. 

All together 164 employers called t lis month; last month, 144. Vie hac 11 
reports of lost ba^;gage and took action in the matter and succeeded in locating 
the articles in 7 cases. We had 276 requests for aid and gave assistance to 31. 
Our total expenditures for aid, etc., amounted to $258. 80. 

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Illinois Star-ts-Zeitun^ , Oct, 8, 1881. W A itL; ^'R:;- X//b 

The follov/in,-; gentlemen became members: 11. J. Stallus, Louis Koerner, Harold 
Zimmermann, Eduard Hofrmann, Charles KaltenbfiCh, Wp.rtnann Brothers, Gerhard 
Soeffker, Louis Klinckerfues, LI, '.Vassermann, J. J. Jung, and C. Gunon. 


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Illiaols Stants-Zeitimj^ , Oct. 5, 18B1. 


The Ladies Aid of the German Society will servo luncheon in the afternoon and 
evening today at Bauiri*s Pavilion, The affair will appeal to any one who likes 
Grerm-^in environment. Not only will good entertainment be provided; there is a 
greater motive. All who come to this gathering will actually help our poor as 
well as the unfortunate people who lost their possessions in the Michigan fire. ^ 

At yesterday's executive session of the Society it was decided to apoeal to the 
people, to show what dire distress prevails among some of the poor families 
which the Society is now taking care of; an i this proves what a large field 
presents itself to private charity I At the s^fie time the members of the Society 
are urged to attend in full numbers and to bring their friends. 

A business meeting of the members is scheduled for this evening at eight o'clock. 


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Illinois Staats-Zeitung , Sopt. 14, 1881, 



To the Illinois Staats-Zeitung ; 

The Ladles' Aid of the Deutsche Gesellschaft announces an entertainment to 
be given at Baum's Pavilion, comer Indiana and Cottage Grove Avenues, on 
Thursday, September 22, and hopes that the public will patronize the affair, 
since one half the receipts will be given to the people in Michigan who have 
suffered such frightful losses in the forest fires, and the other half will 
be used for local relief. It will hardly be necessary to lay stress on the 
benevolent aspect of the entertainment in view of the great distress now 
prevailing in the burned districts, and undoubtedly every one will do his 
share. The ladles feel that they can place reliance on the Germans in 
supporting the efforts of the Society. The festivals given by the Ladies  
Aid in the past are still well remembered, and in this instance good 
entertainment und refreshments will come fully up to the standards main- 
tained in the past. Admission is twenty-five cents, and all ladies who 


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Illinois Staats-Zeitung > Sept. 14, 1881* 

are willing to take part in selling tickets are requested to obtain them 
at the office of the Deutsche Gesellschaft (aerman Society), 51-53 La Salle 

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III G Illinois ota ats-Zeitun^- . Ject. 3, 18H1. 



The Deutsche Gesellschaft j^erraan Societ^ held its monthly meeting yesterday, 
and thirteen members were present, among them Joseph Srandner, vice-president 
of the Deutsche Gesellschaft of New Orleans. Mr* Beiersdorf , president of the 
Deutsche Gesellschaft of Chicago, acted as chairman, and Secretary iSberhardt 
attended to the ninutes. 



The report of the treasurer and that of the agent of the Society were read and ^ 

accepted, Messrs. Frank Kiss, John Hochstaetter, and M. J. Hallers were admitted '^ 

as members. Carl Moll and I^Irs. .'/erkmeister were re-elected members of the board ^ 
of control for another month. 

A vote of thanks v/as given to the arrangers of the Old Settlers* Picnic, and 
then the meeting was adjourned. 

According to the report of the Society* s agent 1305 people called at the office 

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of the Deutsche aesellscr.aft in r^u^-ust, l'^?81, 1147 men ar.d 156 women. ITiere 
were 144 employers who ?;antel to hire help. Imnirration diminished considerably 
in comparison v;ith TDrevious r^.onths. In July there :vere ??4,000 i.-imi-^'rants, whereas ^ 
in nur-^ust the number droD^^ed to 15,000. .ill nationalities v;ere rer^resented, and ^ 
the majority of the arrivals v/ent on to the far /est. .e received ei^ht com- 
plaints about lost bag^:age; in five cases the lost articles were found. 

Throu.^-h the int^ercession of the Deutsche Gesellschaft the Barknanji family v/a 
supplied v;ith funds to return to Ger .any. Wx. Liarlcr.ann died of sunstroke, as 
previously re^-jorted. 

.-ls mentioned before, Franke, a ba::er from i^erlin, read in the Illinois 3taats- 
Zeitung that his farlly, no'v increased by t^vins, -/as anxiou.-^ly lookin^^ for him; 
so he came. 

Charles jJnders, the Society's a-ent, estimated that >509 was spent /in riugust/ 
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Illlnola Staats-Seitung ^ Aug. 29, 1881. 


The donations for Nefw Ulm of late have not been very liberal. Perhaps it 
may be advisable for Chaiman Rudolph Brand to call together the members 
of the various collection coramittees and remind then of their duties. 

Those gentlemen also who sold tickets for the Hew Ulm benefit concert should ^ 

hurry a little in settling their accounts. New Ulm still needs considerable ^ 

help, and Chicago^s Germans have fallen far short of doing their duty toward C 
the stricken city. 



Treasurer iiadlener sent ^^500 to Hew Ulm the day before yesterday and reported ^ 
that he had received the following amounts: 

From Inhof and Meyer /collection committejeZ: Alderman Inhof, $5; parlous 
anonymous contributions"^; total §31. 

Illinois Staats-Zeitung , Au^r. 89, 1881. 
From J. Beiersdorf ^ollectorZ: llvs. S. Goldstein, .|2; total ,^20, 
JFrom T. Arnold /collector7: J# Eckmann, :|^2; total i^8. 
From F. Madlener /collector/: Dr. T. J. Bluthardt, $10» 5 

From F. Washausen ^ollecto£7: V/ehner and Corapanv, ^; total ^. P 


• Up to August 23 the relief committee for New Ulm had received a total of g. 

$37,188; $10,819 of this was from Chicago. "^ 


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The Employment Bureau of the German Society obtained jobs for 471 persons 
last month* There were 964 applicants. The following trades and vocations 
were recorded: 





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tinsmiths, 6; weavers /probably of heavy goods, but not specified, 8; 
wagonmakers , 8; total, 964. Women and children, in addition to these. 
108; grand total, 1072. 

A comparative table showing the activity of the agency during the last three 
months. May, June, and July, and the corresponding period last year is ap- 

June 1880 June- 1881 
Applications for employment 696 864 

Jobs obtained 283 345 

Employers 127 208 


May 1880 "Jay 1881 '-, 

Applications for employment SSS" 734 g 

Jobs obtained 108 325 ^^' 

3raployers 107 196 

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July 1880 July 1881 
Applications for omploynont 727 964 

Jobs obtained 311 471 

Iilmployers 167 2::3 

Accordinf* to thone figures tho nunbor of oraployers v;ho wished to hire men 
inciroasod by 226 over tho aux) period last y^ar, cOid 539 more parsons ob- 
tained einploynont thi3 yoar. 



Im;iicration dimini^^hed last aonth in con arisen ;;ith tlio provious ontht ^ 

Tliis condition, havevjr, lias prevailod in tlie Guniner season in for.uor years. 
It ivas estinated tiiat only 24,000 1 iii grants arrived at all Ghicaco rail- 
road stations last rionth, \;hilo in Juno t!:o nunber vms approxi iataly 35,000. 
Iloroovor, last nonth nearly all nationalities novo represented, and alnost 
all tho immigrants !iad sufilciant noney to continue their journey to the 
v/entem states an: territories; only a few of this contincent renained in 

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Swindling and overcharging by local hotels and boarding houses catering 
to immigrants, or by so-called agents or runners working for such places, 
were not reported, except the three incidents recently published; in each 
case it was doubtful who was to blame. 

There were nine complaints about lost or undeliv3red baggage* In three 
cases the lost property was found; in two instances claims for damages 
v/ere made; concerning the remainder no answer has been received up to the 


There were five women among the many people who appealed to us for aid or 

advice. The Barkraann family, husband, wife, and three small children, o 

who hailed from the vicinity of Hamburg, arrived here last May. After a 

short time the father died of sunstroke and left the family destitute. 

Citizens, neighbors, Messrs. V/assmansdorf and Heinemann, and the German 

Society provided enough money to fulfill the wish of the unfortunate 

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widow to return with her children to Germany. They reached their desti- 
nation a few days ago. Another case was that of the Frank family, in poor 
circumstances. There are three children; another is expected soon. The 
husband is a baker, present whereabouts unknown. According to the ex- 
planation of the woman he is anxiously lookii g for them, but regardless 
of advertisements in the newspapers and inquiries at police stations he 
could not be located. The other three women were single, and since they 
hfed no means, they were sheltered temporarily in suitable institutions for 

In this last month 169 persons have applied for aid at our office; 43 requests 
were granted after thorough investigation. We paid out §379.15 in cash for 
relief, etc. 


Charles Emders, Agent 

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TZ^ BZITZariT GOIICLiHr i?^OH :i^;7 uu^ 

Althoucii i^any people ivili regard last j'riday's concert at i.lcCorraick 'lall ^ 

as a failure because of the scant attendance, there are others, experts c:^ 

in such natters, who say that the hall would have been overcrowded if the p 

weather had been cooler, .-vnd these "gentleLien who knov;" did not believe ^ 

that tlie purpose of the concert, the benefit angle, was the sole dravjing o 

card; to tlie contrary, they were of the opinion that the featurin^^ of tho ^ 

simpler son.;s uet with great popular approval translator's g 

note: Here follows a dissertation advocating popular Gornan songs in- <5> 
stead of clas -ical select ioiis — several long paragraphs. ^1 the perfor- 
mers receive favorable co;.uient. The receipts are not mentioned*"^ 

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Illinois Staat3"Zeltung y Aug. 5, 1881 

G^eat Succdss Expected 

The benefit concert for the stricken people In New Ulm will be given by 
our local singing societies tonight In McCormlck Hall« Qjulte aside from 
the purpose for which the concert Is to be given, which should fill the 
hall to overflowing, the concert Itself deserves liberal patronage* The 
program consists principally of typical male choral selections, simple 
songs for four voices, which should have been featured by our German sing- 
ing societies but have been genearally neglected* Male voices are never more 
effective than In these unpretending compositions of folk-song character, 
which Invariably remind one of fields, verdant forests, and vineyards on 
hills— -In short, of our beautiful German fatherland. And since these songs 
arouse our feeling for the land of our origin, it was a particularly 
fortunate idea to make such a selection for a concert which is to be given 
for our destitute countrymen* The singing societies accepted the idea in 
the proper spirit and in their performance offer that with which they are 


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most faffliliar, and therefore the public may expect to hear a real German male 
choral concert* 

In regard to the soloists who have promised to participate, Hugo Lindau of 
Cincinnati deserves special mention. He was scheduled to appear at the last ^ 
festival concert but because of his father *8 sudden death did not com^ to ^ 
Chicago. He is a highly gifted tenor and is bound to appeal to the audience. ^ 
Let us hope that as an encore — which will surely be demanded after he sings ^ 
the great aria from **Jo8eph»» — he will oblige us by singing a simple German fe 
folic song, the more unpretentious the better. Mr. Leivermann intends to [ 
sing a popular air if an encore is requested and will not give us the 
^Tort^r^s Song** from *lfertha". Edward Schultze will also select some attractive 
German air, for which his appealing voice is so highly suited, instead of 
an opera part. 

As far as the financial aspect of the concert is concerned, we have assurances 
that the advance sale of tickets has been more than gratifying, and that the 

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ladies of the festival chorus have spared no efforts in disposing of the 
tickets* If seme of the kind ladies who did not receive any tickets believe 
that they can place a few, then J. p. Hand, 176 Madison Street, first floor, 
or A* Bucher, 143 Wabash Avenue, will gladly supply them* 

The price of the tickets is only fifty cents, and the entire proceeds go to 
the people in New Ulffl# 

The Program 



Tenor Solo, '•Gebet vor der Schlacht** Moehring c 

Edward Schultze 

••Liebesf ruehling»». 2ech 

Gesangverein Frohsinn 

Chorus and Solos, ^Ossian'' Beschnitt 

Schiller Liedertafel, Chicago Saengerbund, a section of the 


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Catholic casino Frohsinn^ F« Spreyne, tenor, and T. Spod, bass 

vtpantasia from Rigoletto** ••••#•••••• •••••••••••••• .Liszt 

C* F« Balatka 

"Das Einsame Roeslein**. ••••••••••••••• • • Hexmes 

Orpheus Uale Chorus 


Aria from ^'Joseph*** ••••• • • ••••••••••••••• •Mehnl 

Hugo Lindau 

"Brunnen Wlinderbar** • Abt 

United Chorus and Hugo Greiner, baritone 

Ari a from **Emani ** •••••• • Verd i 

A* Leivermann 


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^lAitterseelenallein*** • Braun 

United Chorus 

**Gute Nacht** •Fischer 

Alemannia Maennerchor 

^Salomons Tempelwelhe»» 

United Chorus, H. Balatka, conductor, and A, Leivermann, bass 



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Illinois Staat s-Zeitunc:;, Aug, 4, 1881 • 

Chicago Has Not Done Its Duty by Any Means 

The contributions for Hew Ulii, so far as Chicago v;as concerned, had only 
reached ^?9,000 up to yesterday evenin-^. Of course many oonmittoos have not 
yet submitted their reports, but nevertheless, the result was anything but 
satisfactory. Above all other cities it is Chicarp^s undeniable, sacred duty 
to help its sister city translator's note: Sister city in this case refers 
to the fact that New ULn vms. originally settled by Chicago Gemans, members 
of the Turners' Association/^ in the proper manner until a sum commensurate 
with the losses caused by the catastrophe /cycloneT^ ^^^ been raised. 



The benefit concert will be given tomorrcv/ evening at Lie Cormick's Ball. It jy 

provides an opportunity for those who can contribute only moderately to the 

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relief fund to do their share, since the ticket? cost only fifty cents, and 
every cent cces to the fund. The concert in itself vn.ll be fully v/orth the 
price, since the proerati presents the best selections of the combined choral 
numbers given at the last song festival and various choral pieces sung by our 
various clubs, including: numbers by such soloists as Hugo Lindau, E. Schultse, 
A. Leivermann, and others, translator* s note: In another article the name 
is spelled Leierinann. 




Miss McCarthy cannot appear, unfortunately, since she v;ill not be able to 
reach Chicago in time, and I^Irs. Bartlett-Davis, who gladly consented to 
participate, has suddenly been taken ill. The concert will therefore be g 
given without the i)articipation of any x-women /singer^ and in this respect will ^ 
be a novelty. g 


The last rehearsal will be held this evening at Lie Gormick's Hall, and all 
participants are requested to be present at eight o'clock. 


Illinois Staats-Zeitung > Aug. 2, 1881* 

FOli N3V; UUI 

Treasurer I^dlener sent another thousand dollars to New Ulm yesterday. He also 
received ackno.vledgments from that city for the <^500 and the $1,500 previously 
sent as well as for §18,733 representing individual contributions, that is, 
money which was not sent by the organization. "JUie detdiled list will be pub- 
lished tomorrow. 

The collections were not so successful yesterday as might have been expected. 
Let us hope that the various committees will not lose their ambition, but per- 
haps they have not yet reported to the treasurer. 

The sale of tickets for the benefit concert which is scheduled for Friday evening 
at Mccormick's Hall already shows ^ratifyinr: results, and it appears that the 
expectations of the ':5ommittee will be exceeded. Since every cent from the sale 
of tickets will go to the relief fund, every holder of an admission card may 
regard the full amount of his p'orchase as a donation to the sufferers. 




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The Aid and Collection Committee raet at the Sherman House yesterday fore- 
noon. Rudolph Brand was the chairman. The various collection committees 
submitted their reports. A. C_^ Hesing /Tllinois Staats-Zeitung/ had re- 
ceived $385 largest su^^. . . ./various business houses contributedT^. 
Treasurer I^Iadlener reported that he had already sent ^2,500 to New Ulm 
/pity destroyed by a tornado/*, and that he would send another $1,000 in 
the next mail. 'r- 

Since several members who were appointed to the collection committee de- o 

clined to serve, it became necessary to appoint the following additional ^ 
committees: for furniture dealers, llr. V/oltz of Stotz and V/oltz . • . ./and 

eight other mercantile branches; nearly all committee members have German <^ 



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The assembly resolved to support the concert in every respect and also 
accepted with thanks the offer of L. J. Kadlsh to hold a swimming contest 
in his natatorlum on the West Side, the proceeds to go to the relief fund. 

The Concert 

The committee on arrangements apix>lnted by the Central Board of the Singers • 2 

Alliance to take charge of the details of the concert appeared in full attend- ^ 

ancB at Qulncy Number Nine and elected 3. G. Ulhlein chairman and A. Bucher 1^ 

secretary and treasurer. It was reported that the various song clubs had ^ 

accepted the idea with enthusiasm and would do everything to make the con- o 

cert a success. After a long discussion it was decided to give the concert \Z 

at McCormick^s Hall because other locations would hardly provide sufficient S 

room for the large combined chorus, and the date was set for next Friday. ^ 

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Mr. Gestefeld read the following letter: 

*»To the Editor of the Illinois Staats*3eltixng ; 

**We read In the columns of your valued paper that the singing societies of 
our city Intend to give a concert, the proceeds of which v;lll be given to 
the relief fund for the stricken people of New XJlm. We regard the Idaa as 
a manifestation of genuine humanltarlanism and are heartily In favor of the ^ 
proposal I but we regret that we cannot participate In the concert, and p 

therefore we ask you kindly to add the enclosed sum, fifty dollars, as our r; 
contribution to the New Ulm fund. 2 


"Yery respectfully, Lo 

»The Fidelia § 

*•?• Lorenzen, secretary'* ^ 


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Hans Balatka was requested to arrange the progreim; it will be published tomorrow. 
The combined choral numbers of the last song festival, such as "Schlachtgebet , »» 
"Mutterseelenallein** , and '♦Braunnen Wunderbar^, will be included in the pro- 
gram. There will be several single choral selections and also solos by Miss 
Hanna McCarthy and Messrs. Hugo Lindau, E. Schultze, and Leiermann and per- 
haps a few more. Mr. Bucher will have charge of the sale of tickets. The 
Following announcement was made after the session adjourned. 

To All the Singing Societies of Chicago 



The delegates of clubs affiliated with the Singers' Alliance have appointed 
and authorized a committee to arrange a concert /to be given/ at McCoimick's ^ 
Hall on Friday, August 5, for the benefit of the stricken city of Kew Ulm, o^ 
Minnesota. Peo^icipation of all the singing societies of the city is ex- 
pected, and their respective directors or music committees are requested, to 

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sea Hans Balatka not later than four o* clock on Saturday afternoon, July 
30, at Quincy Number Nine, to make arrangements for appearance at the 

The committee also appeals to the clubs to be active in selling tickets for 

the concert. Admission will be fifty cents. The secretaries of the various ^ 

clubs are asked kindly to confer with I£r. A. Bucher, 141-143 Wabash Avenue, ^ 

any time after 2 P.M» of Saturday, July 30, to obtain blocks of tickets. ^ 

The Committee, ^ 

3. Uihlein, chairman, o 

A* Bucher, secretary. co 

The Ladies 

The appeal to the lady members of the festival chorus brou^t gonerous res- 
ponse. At eight o* clock about a hundred members appeared at Brandos Hcd.1. 

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Mr* J. T. Hand save a short address in which he emphasized that the aid of 
the ladies was desired for a humane cause* He stated that all arrangamesits 
had been made to give the projected concert next Friday at McCormiok's Hall 
for the benefit of the sufferers in New Ulm. 

The ladies were asked to do the principal and most difficult work, that of ^ 

selling the tickets* Since 5,000 tickets were printed, the 250 members of ^ 

the Ladies Festival Chorus have a job on their hands. However, the en- f^ 

thuBlastic response with which this eulnouncement was received leads one to ^ 

believe that the ladies will try their best to prevail upon their friends p 
and acquaintances to help along the good cause* The ladles were asked to 


obtain tickets from Mr, A. Bucher, 141-143 Wabash Avenue* g 

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Illinois 3ta?its-Zeitung , July 29, 18R1. 


The committee on arranf^enents annointed at the last session of the Oentral Com- 
raittee of the Siriirers* .dliance will !n3et tolay at five o'clock at :,uincy Nuiri- 
ber Nine to decide on the hall and the date of t!.e concert to be ;;iven for the 
peoT^le in Ne-.v Ulm. .-i.s far as the virious sin^^inr: societies are concerned, 
prooubly all v/ill particiT?rite in soTie manner. Those v;ho cannot anpear can be 
very useful, ho;vever, by sellin;" tickets. 

The coramittee exT)ects to hear from every son.^ club of the city today. 

The Ladies 

The ladies \vho vrere associated with the last sonr festival are kindly and urgent- 
ly requested to come to Brnind's Hall, headquarters of the Oermania Iv^ale Chorus, 
this eveninfs to make arranr:e;.ients for their ^artici^ntion in the ITe'.v ITlm concerts. 
The ladies can be exceedin-^lv helpful in > lakin * ti.e affair a success. 


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.-i Letter of .-.-preciatiori fro^. Ke;; Ulm 

"i:e;v Ul!Ti, July ^6. 
"To the iCditor of the Illinoir> .)taat-- Leitun:- , 

"Dear Sir: 

"In rrr/ recent visit to Chicu^o I -/as not able to thanlc you nersonally for the 
sy.^.pathy expressed in your valued ^^.aner for our i^dsfortune. 

"I therefore take this opportunity to express my orofound nr.titude in the naiae 
of the people of Nev; TLm. 

"Imnediate helr> is alvva^'s best, and if Ghicaro does m-oviJe it, then I feel con- 
vinced that our to.;n '.vill be rebuilt .vitliin a fe-; months and -r.-^a-jr substantial- 
ly as it did before. 





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Illimis 3taat?->itun-. Jul;- -^9, ISRl 

"iv"ain thankinr- you heartily, I remain 

"Very ro T^Rctfull:% 

*VJ, Loev.-'-^nthal 

"?cr the belief Co»ij"!itte9" 

To tlie ^rernan 'Un-^in^ Joci^ti'?.'^. of Chicago 


The deler^ates renresentin^ fourteen r»lub:=? affiliated v/ith the -lorth .^lerican 
v3ini£:ers' .alliance have unanimously decided to -ive a co.icert next v^eek for the 
benefit of the victims of the Mev; Ulm disaster. 

It -.vas ap:reed not only coriDin'-'d choral sin *in* shoul; be offered, but that 
the seoarate clubs should also sin^ their o .n selections. Tlie unuersi^rned com- 
mittee desires to T^roviue an o^o^^ortunity for all our O-ern^n sin,:ers to do their 




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share in this hunans xvork and -ilso aslcs all clubs which are not affiliated :;ith 
the Alliance to aTi^:>ear in the concert, ^riiis immense concert will also be the 
basis for the eventual formation of an alliance comer i sin all Chica.^o's sinr-- 
inp; societies, an organization v/hich is bein: rdnnned for the near future. 

All clubs which accent our invitation ana in-oend to sin-s at the concert are 
asked promptly to send their addresses and their lists of sonr^s selected for 
the occasion to Hans Balatha, Ilinr-sbury Block, Room o. 

Greetin-rTS from the Central lio-drd of the horth .-jnerican Sin-ers Alliance. 

Franz .^j'.ber;-^, president 
Cscar '^chrnidt, secretary 

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As reported elsewhere, the collections for the sufferers in New Ulm proceed 
in a lively though not oversuccessful manner* Indications axe not lacking, 
however, that the various conmittees which have not yet reported are doing 
their utmost to make the affair a credit to Chicago. 

It is highly desirable that every committee member appear tomorrow morning 
at ten o^clock at the clubroom of the Sherman House, where a session will 
be held to consider what else can be done for the people in New TJlm. 

In the interim no one desiring to give aid should wait until a committee 
member calls. Mr. Madlener, treeisurer of the Relief Committee, as well as 
the Illinois StaatS'^Zeitung^ wlll accept contributions for the New Ulm 
fund at any time and give a receipt. 

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The proposal to give a great concert, pi^senting combined choral singing as 
well as separate offerings by our local singing societies , has ulet with 
general approval. The committee on arrangements requests all leaders of song 
clubs to come to the meeting tomorrow afternoon at five o^clock, at Quincy 
Number Nine, to speed up the preliminary work. 

The ladies who are members of the mixed chorus are urged to appear at Brand's 
Hall /Geimania Hal^ on Friday evening at ei^t o'clock. The committee relies 
on the participation of the ladies to make the concert a success and hopes 
that no one will be absent. 

Mme. Feschka-Leutner has unfortunately already returned to Germany, but it is 
hoped that Miss Gary, the favorite of Ghicago's concertgoers, will participate. 
1ST. Lindau also, iirtio was prevented from appearing in the Song Festival because 
of his father's death, has promised to participate in this concert. 

The concert will be highly successful if the singers make the proper effort. 

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A special meeting ivas called by the Central Executive Committee of the North 
American Singers' Alliance yesterday evening- at ^uincy Number Nine to con- 
sider details preparatory to giving a concert for the victims in New Ulm, as 
suggested by the Illinois Staats-Zeitung > Tiie Central Executive Committee 
represents the majority of our Chicago singing societies. The Germania, 
Orpheus, Eintracht, Harmonie, Concordia, Allemania, Freier Saengerbund, South 5 
Side Liederkranz, and Schiller Liedertafel were represented by delegates. Franz 
Amberg, president of the Alliance, acted as chairman, and 0. ;V. Schmidt, secre- 
tary of the Alliance, attended to the minutes. After a lengthy discussion of 
the plan, in which it was shown that Miss McCarthy, as well as Messrs. Schultz 
and Leivermann, could be relied upon to co-operate, that Hans Balatka would be 
the leader, and that the program v/ould consist of selections given by the com- 
bined choral societies in the last Song Festival and of numbers sung by the 
separate clubs, it was decided to ffive the concert and that German folk songs 




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should predominate* A committee consisting of Messrs. J. P. Hand, Philip Maas, 
Hermann Pomy, A. T. Nussbaumer, A. Bucher, B. Heinze, and £• G. Uihlein was 
appointed to procure a hall, stipulate the day, and so forth. Hans Balatka :^ 
and Theodore Gestefeld were added to the committee in an advisory capacity. 5 

The committee will meet Friday at 5 P.M. at Q,uincy Number Nine to receive the r; 
reports of subcommittees about halls, soloists etc. In the interim the chair- -o 
men, the music committees, and the various leaders are requested kindly to 5 
commxinicate with Mr. Balatka before Friday if possible and to submit a list ,^ 
of the songs which the several clubs have selected for the occasion in order r3 
to arrange the program. It has been planned to restrict the concert entirely ^ 
to songs, simple choral selections, since our local singing societies have so 
large a repertory available. Of course not every club can appear separately 
because of the limited time available, but several clubs which have the same 
conductor can combine as a single unit. Enough time for rehearsals is avail- 
able because the concert can hardly be given before the end of next week. The 
invitation to participate in the concert applies to all singing societies, 

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whether they are affiliated v^'ith the Alliance or not, and the committee expects 
that every German song club will do its utmost for the success of the cause. 

At the session of the Central Executive Committee matters, pertaining to the 
Singers' Alliance were also considered, and the president and the secretary 
were requested to send letters to all who were associated in making the last 
festival a success. Besides expressing appreciation for the efforts of all ^ 
, participating, the letters all lay stress on the formation of an alliance of 
all the Chicago singing societies. The secretary was requested to circularize 
all Chicago singing societies, inviting them to send delegates to the conven- ^ 
tion which is to be held at some future date to consider the formation of the 
afore-mentioned Chicago Alliance. 


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net; jjUii 

Organization of Aid Coiamittees — '*Send Contributions 1"~ 

Appeal to Lodges and Clubs 

The citizens • committee which v/as appointed at the Turner Hall on ITednesday 
evening to raise money for the stricken people of Nev; Ulm ^^^anslator's note: 
Town was destroyed by a cyclone/ met at the Sherman House yesterday in the 
forenoon. The folloxving gentlemen were present: R. Brand, •••^ight names/ 
and S. Loev;enthal, a delegate representing the inhabitants of New Ulm. 

llr. A. C. Hesing v/as offered the chairmanship but declined and proposed Ru- 
dolph Brand, who was unanimously e 
retary, and F. Madlener treasurer. 

A. C. Hesing after a short survey of the v/ork to be undertaken recommended 
that subcommittees be formed, representing various business branches, since 


dolph Brand, who was unanimously elected. Emil Hoechster was appointed sec- ^ 

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that would simplify collections and make the work more effective. He also 
suggested that German clubs and associations should be asked to participate 
In the promotion of this cause, and he mentioned that at a meeting of the 
executive board of the Bavarian Club a motion had been considered to donate 
$100 from the expected receipts of the Bavarian Festival to the aid for New 
Ulm Committee, At the same time Ur, Heslng mentioned the contributions which 
had been sent to the Illinois Staats-Zeltung, ^translator's note: Mr. A. C# 
Heslng was the president of the Illinois Staats-Zeltung Publishing Compan^, 

Complying with A. C. Heslng* s suggestion, the committee then nominated the 
various subccmmilttees, which were expected to act Immediately* 

P, Madlener will call on liquor dealers and distillers; R, Brand and John Hoff* 
mann on county, city, and government officials and employees; A, C* Heslng on 
newspapers and newsdealers; Theodore Arnold on packers and butchers; F« Hart- 
mann on hotels and lodging houses. •••translators note: There are forty-seven 
other classifications. Including doctors, lawyers, judges, and railroads^ 

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The treasurer and the secretary were requested to supply the gentlemen with 
collection books* The committee adjourned and will meet again when called 
by the chairman* 


According to a recent telegram, heavy rains on Wednesday evening and the % 
following night increased the damage; those buildings which are still standing 
are roofless, ~ 

Mr* Weyhe,. one of the representatives of the New Ulm Relief Committee, depart- 
ed for Milwaukee yesterday, and Mr. Loewenthal will return to New Ulm today, 
encouraged by the fact that Chicagoans will send aid promptly and have not 
forgotten their own misfortune of ten years ago and the liberal help which was 
given by this city at that time* 

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. Illinois Staats-Zeitun^ , July 23, 1881. 

Action up to the Present Time 

The following contributions had been received up to yesterday afternoon: 

S. Friedmann, ij^lOO ^ighesV/"; Marshall Field and Company, $50 /three firms 

gave $50/^; 2. Rothschild and Brothers, $25 /ten business houses contributed ^ 

ias/; cash, $1 Total contributions, $ 638. 5 

This amount has already been sent to Nev; Ulm» J* B, Drake, ov/ner of the Pacific '^ 
Hotel, gave a hundred dollars. He sent the money to the mayor of the stricken ~^ 
tovfn when first reports of the catastrophe reached Chicago. o 

In conformity v;ith the recommendations made by A. C. Hesing the chairman and se- 
cretary of the committee issued the follov/ing appeal: 


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Illinois Staats-Zeitung , July 25, 1881. 

"Appeal ! 

•'To the GeriAan Lodges and Societies! 

^New Ulm, a city in Minnesota, has met Vw'ith misfortune. A cyclone has destroyed 
the thriving to^.vn; 250 German faiailies have been rendered homeless and lack the 
bare necessities of life* 

''Help is urgently needed. A committee of citizens v;ill visit various business 
houses and solicit funds for the stricken people. 



"The undersigned committee asks the German lodges and associations also to do 
their share and hopes that its appeal will not be in vain, since the inhabitants ^ 
of New Ulm '/ere the first who came to our aid and sent us a carload of flour 
V7hen v;e suffsred iiisfortune /the Chicago fireT*. 

"Kindly send donations to the treasurer of the committee, F. lladlener, 147 Lake 
Street. "For the committee: R. Brand, president; E. Eoechster, secretary." 


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Additional Contributions 

The Wirthsverein (Saloonkeepers' Association), sent |1.50 to the committee 
at New Ulm yesterday, and the Thueringer Club will receive a recommendation 
from its festival committee that at least ten per cent of the receipts to 
be derived from its trap-shooting event, which will begin tomorrow, shall 
be given to the relief fund« 

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Illinois Staats-Zeitunr:: ^ July 22, 1881 • 

New Ulm Needs Your IIelp~7/ill Chicago *s Crermans 
Permit the Gennans of New Ulm to Suffer? 

A week ago today a storm laid vaste the toTAm of New Ulm in Minnesota, a city 
which was regarded far and wide as a monument to German diligence and perse- 
verance. Hardly a building remained unda^naged. More than 200 families are ^ 
homeless* The town has only 3500 inhabitants, mostly Germans. I-Iany families 
have lost their sole support, and many others face the same misfortune, since 
more than 70 citizens were seriously injured when their houses were destroyed; ^ 
more than 20 have already been buried. g 

Vi/hen Chicago became a smoldering ruin, Nev/ Ulm's citizens were the first to ^^ 
send a carload of flour to our stricken fellow citizens* But New Ulm*s catas- c? 
trophe v/as proportionately vastly greater than the destruction which the fire 
caused in Chicago, and furthermore, not a single person was insured. 



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Illinois Staats-Zeitimg, July 22, 1881. 

The distressing conditions are indescribable, and help is urgently needed; if 
it is not forthcominp:, the entire Oerman community will perish. The Germans 
of Chicago, who received help from the people of New Ulm when fire drove us 
from our homes, are bound by p:ratitude to help the stricken inhabitants of 
New Ulm. now, when they appeal to us and have confidence in us. Duty requires 
that we give gladly and n;enerously» 

In order to organize a drive for aid, a meeting was held at the Turner Hall 
Wednesday evening; it v/as fully described in yesterday's issue. Those 
present nominated a committee consisting of Messrs. F. MAdlener, August Beck, 
A. 0. Easing, E. Schultz, George Schneider, S. Friedmann, Rudolph Brand, g 
Louis V/ahl, A. Schoeninp^er, Fritz Hartmann, Eenry V/eber, Jacob Eeisler, >-^ 

Theodore Arnold, Charles Wacker, T. J. Lefens, and Henry Eochbaum in order to ^ 
render organized assistance. The committee vvas supposed to meet again yester- ^ 
day afternoon, but because of a misunderstanding about the day the session 
had to be postponed to ten o'clock this morning. 



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Illinois Staats-Zeitung ^ July 22, 1881» 

The above-mentioned gentlemen are urgently requested to come to today* s 
meeting in the clubroom of the Sherman House at 10 A.M. 

Collections had already begun to pour in on Wednesday evening, when the organi- 
zation vas being contemplated; $225 had been received at that time. To this 
amount the Illinois Staats-Zeitung adds another $55, of which $50 was sent to 
us by Mr. Schwab, and $5 was ireceived anonymously by A. 0. Hesing. ^ 

Mr# Schwab's Explanation to the Editor of the Illinois Staats-Zeitung ; 
Today's issue of your paper gives an account of a meeting which was held for 

A nice start, to be sure, but it is only a drop in the bucket. Damage in 
New Ulm amounts to $300,000, and at least $100,000 is needed to protect the 
homeless from starvation and cold before the approach of winter. If Chicagoans 
are able to raise this sum without outside help, they will repay in part what 
the world sent to this city after the great fire. g 




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Illinois Staats-Zeitun^ , July 22, 1881. 

the purpose of organizing aid for New Ulm; the article also mentions that I 

treated somewhat gruffly a t'^ntleman who came to see me in the int^erests of 

the people of that city. I admit making the statement attributed to me, but 

it would be a great injustice to me if the stron^^ declaration which I made 

at that time were to be regarded as my true sentiment toward the Germans. I 

v/as higlily incensed by the Jewish persecutions prevailing in Germany of which ^ 

I had read; I had also been approached shortly before on various matters 5 

involving a considerable strain on my benevolence; in short, I was in bad ^ 

humor, and when the gentlemen spoke to me about New Ulm, it did not improve my P 

temper. ^ ^ 

I believe that the fact that I have always been ready to do something for the ^T 

Germans during the twenty-eight years which I have lived here, aiding with g 

money or indirectly, doing whatever it v;as in my pov^er to do, has given the 5^ 

public a truer opinion of my sentiments toward the Germans than may be 

deduced from my thoughtless remark. 

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Illinois Staats-Zeitung, July 22, 1881. 

To prove that I also am liberally inclined tovjard New Ulm, and that my heart 
is in the right place, I am herewith enclosing a check for fifty dollars, ivhich 
I ask you kindly to hand to the committee in char^-e, 

Ver:/ resT^ectfully, 
Charles H* Schwab. 5 



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Illinois Staats-Zeitung , July 21, 1881. 



A meeting was held in the library of the North Side Turner Hall, Chicago, to 
consider Qnil Dietzsch^s appeal to arrange a Garfield Festival and to give 
the proceeds to the stricken inhabitants of New Ulm, Minnesota. /5:anslator's 
note: General news items in earlier editions gave a detailed description of 
a cyclone which destroyed the town and killed people and livestock^^ 

The majority of the people present were members of the Turngemeinde (Turners' 
Association). Messrs. Dietzsch, Hoechster, Madlener, Mannhardt, Friedman, 
Stimming, and others were there; the meeting was well attended. Mr. Koechester 
was nominated chairman after Mr. Dietzsch had declared that he considered it 
best to postpone the Garfield festival for the present, and that something should 
be done immediately to help the people of New Ulm. 

S. Loewenthal, treasurer of the Turnverein (Turners' Society)- of New Ulm and 






It makes no difference; I would^nt help those Dutchmen up there anyvjaj. They 


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delegate of that city's aid committee, was then asked to address the assembly. 
He gave a short account of the catastrophe which had destroyed the tovm and ^ 
explained that he and Henry V/eyhe, another committee member, had been delegated 
to seek help in Chicago. Mr. Loewenthal then cited an incident which occurred 
yesterday, while he was calling on Mr. Schwab, of the firm of Selz, Schwab and 
Compsiny. We append the report verbatim to show to the Germans of Chicago as 
well as to out-of-town customers of the concern what Mr. Schwab's attitude is. 
Mip. Loewenthal said: 



"In collecting contributions today I was introduced by Benjamin Eisendrath of ^ 
the firm of Schnadig, Foreman and Company to Mr. Schwab in the latter' s office 
and explained the object of ray visit. Mr. Schwab declared that no details of 
the misfortune were known. I asked politely whether he had read the newspapers, • 
and he retorted by asking, whether those people in Nev; Ulm were not all Dutch- 
men. I replied that he was mistaken; that to the best of my knowledge the 
people there were Germans. He replied: 



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Illinois Staats-ZeitUDg , July 21, 1881 • 

have never bought anything of ne, and if a Dutchman was starving across the way, 
and I could save him by giving him a cent, I would not do it. It is all a fair 
punishment for the people of New Ulm. *" 

As might have been expected, this account caused great indignation among those 
present, and what they said was not complimentary* 


A committee was then appointed to nominate fifteen citizens to make collections* 

The committee held a short consultation and reported through its chairman, Mr. ^ 

E. Mannhardt, that the following gentlemen had been selected: ¥• Madlener, August ^ 

Beck, A. C. Hesing, H. Schultz, George Schneider.... /all together fifteen name^T". ^ } 

The nominations were accepted, and the committee was requested to publish the 
following appeal: 

•'To the People: 

*»The frightful catastrophe which befell the people of New Ulm last Friday has 


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Illinois Staats-Zeitung , July 31, 1881. 

induced a number of prominent citizens to hold a meeting at the Turner Hall to 
devise ways and means to provide prompt and effective aid to the unfortunates 
of that city. Messrs. H. Loewenthal and H. ^Veyhe, delegates of the New Ulm 5 
Relief Committee {headed by W. Pfaender, chairman, the Reverend Alexander ^ 
Berghold, secretary, and Charles V/agner, treasurer), explained to the meeting ^ 
the dire need in which their fellow citizens are. Two hundred and twelve '-^ 
families are homeless and have lost everything; several have lost the members 3 
who provided for them, and many face the same situation, since seventy-five — 
persons were seriously injured, and up to last Monday twenty dead had been 

"This is the third time that New Ulm has been afflicted with terrible misfor- 
tune. The first disaster was the Indian massacre; then came the grasshopper 
plague, which lasted seven years; now the storm. Chicago is the metropolis of 
the Northwest, and it is the city's duty as such to help a sister city in time 
of distress, especially since the world generously helped us /atter the Chicago 
tire/; and it is our especial duty to help New Ulm because that city sent the 


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Illinois Staats-Zeitung , July 21, 1881. 

first carload of flour to the starving, homeless people of Chicago v/hen we 
experienced disaster. 

'*Help is needed urgently. The summers of northern Minnesota are short, and 
money must be sent immediately, so that the people can at least get temporary 
shelter before the approach of cold weather. 

•"The undersigned, members of the committee, will call on their fellow citizens 
and ask them to donate liberally for the cause. But it is impossible to see 
every one, and those who feel sympathy for others are therefore requested to 
seek the committee members. •* 

The following amounts have been received up to the present date: S. Friedman, 
$100; Marshall Field, $50; Chicago Turngemeinde, $50; ladies of the Turngemeinde, 
$25; Schnadig, Foreman and Company, $25; S. Rothschild and Brother, $25; Sddy, 
Harvey and Company, $25; Heath and Milligan, $25. 





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Due to the fact, of this year's heavy Ifflmlgratlon and also to the fact, that a 
large num1>er of these Immigrants » chose the middle West^ particularly Chicago, as 
its domicile, there was dealt a terrific hlow to the workers of this city. The 
German Society of Chicago is doing its utmost, to meet with the difficulties, 
arising from such influx, and in connection with it, asked the German Societies of 
Hew Tork, Philadelphia and Baltimore for their consent, to ohtain the necessary aid, 
for the protection of the immigrants. We are proud to state, that the reformed 
management of our Chicago Zmmigrcmt homes is a success, and we will continue in 
this direction* We also endeavor to protect the Immigrants, at different railroad 
depots, against cheating or overcharging. We found only one railroad, whose • 
dealing with Immigrants is blameless, this is the Pittsburg, Fort Wayne and Chicago 
railroad, which has complied with all our requests* As to the rest of the rail- 
road managements, we receive many premises, but there it also ends* 

A reply to out questions in the near future, would be greatly appreciated! 
1* After the immigrants arrival at Castle Garden, what agencies are assisting them 
to the railroad depots? 

2. How do they obtain their railroad tickets, and who advises them, as to the 
trains to take? 



Tou undoubtedly share our Interest in this matter, and we consider it, our sacred 
duty to giTO the Imnigrants, all the assistance we csui. 

Those railroads, which mm are not willing to co-operate, and comply with our 
requests, in the interest of the Immigrants, can not receiye our consideration^ 

The management of the "German Society" 

of Chicago* 





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Ghicagoer Arbeiter-Zeltung , Dec. 20, 1880. 

aKi5.:AN 7/0I.I©T»S CLUB 

The German Wonen^s Club will distribute Christmas presents among poor 
children on Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Klare»s Hall on North Clark Street. 
The children iTill be treated to music, coffee, and cakes. 

Spectators will be served for 25 cents. Visitors ere asked to bring 
alons different kinds of foods to replenish the insufficient supplies 
of the Women's Club. 


We have repeatedly written a,^ainst publicity-making charities—in v/hich 
the principal object is ostentation — but, to our rer;ret, vriLthout success. 
The treat and the ^lifts really do not come from the German •'/omen's Club, 

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Chlcagoer Arbeiter^Zeitung^ Dec* 20, 1880# 

which only takes the credit at the expense of others* Rather than dig- 
ging into their own piirses, these rich ladies prefer to ask the Press 
for support. Clothes dealers, toy and book shops are pressed till the 
necessary supply of second-hand merchandise is together. If this is 
still insufficient, a few musicians and artists are chosen, who will 
be flattered and persuaded to give their services free for the good work. 
A feeding en masse will put up a scene the effects of which very seldom 
fail to appear. The spectators will have to pay an entrance fee and the 
German Women* s Club will get the laurels. V/ith the satisfaction of hav- 
ing taken a share of the children's tears of gratitude, the lady of the 
Club goes to bed, pleased that her own purse is still intact and that 
she acted according to the word of God. The left hand does not know 
what the right one is doing. 

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Chicagoer Arbeiter Zeitung, Dec. 20, 1880^ 

GSSM.AN ^^(MZ^ CLUB y^pA (ILL.) PKCJ. 3027S 

M. Klare's hall N. Clark St., Tuesday, Dec. 28 a distribution of Xmas 
gifts for poor children by the Grennan Women's Club, will take place* 
The children mil first be treated v/ith coffee and cakes. Guests to 
this public charity enterprise can take part in the food for 25 cents. 
It is more than desirable, tnat visitors bring along a cuantity of 
different kinds of foods, to add to the insufficient supplies of the 
women's club. 

We have repeatedly protested against these publicity making charities, 
where the principal object is show, but to our regret without success, 
the gifts really do not come from the German Women's club, v.iio only 
take the credit at the expense of others. Instead of the rich ladies 
dipping into their own pbckets, they prefer to ask the Press, favorable 
to their undertaking, for support; clothes dealers, toy, and book shops 
are pressed till the necessary supply of secondhand merchandise is to- 
gether^ If this is still insufficient, a few musicians and artists are 
chosen, who will be flattered and persuaded to give their services free 

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Chlcagoer Arbeiter Zeitung , Dec. 20, 1S80* vip;^ (:Il ) PROJ.3C27I 

for the good cause. The visitors will have to pay an entrance fee and 
the German Womens Club get the Ij^urels. V/ith the satisfaction of hav- 
ing a share in the gratifying tears of the child, who has been fed 
and given presents, the lady of the Club goes to bed, pleased that her 
own purse is still intact and they act according to the words of God: 
**The left hand does not know, what the right one is doing. ^ 

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Yesterday afternoon tiie administration of the G-erman Clul) held their re^lar 
meeting. President Beiersdorff was Chairman and Secretary Eh^rhardt took down the 
minutes. Treasurer Christop made his report on the finances of the Association 
which was acce-oted. On account of the severe cold of l?^st month, the number of 
the needy increased considerably. More than 306 aDiDlic^^tions "oartly for financial 
assistance, payments for rent, coal, groceries, clothing, sleeping accommodations, 
etc, have "been received* Es-oecially among the newly immigrated foreigners wf^re 
many needy Germans, Poles and Bohemians. Twenty nine immigrants hnre been suDDlied 
with means to continue their journey. Also twenty one needy families livingin 
Chicago received assistance and thirty four families received means to leave 
Chicago ( tney prohably ha.^^e been trajisiDorted for $1.00 to St. Louis, the cheat)est 
method to get rid of the petitioners forever.) The locality of the Cluh had "been 
heseiged hy friendless persons, especially during the cold season, by d^y and 
night but on account of the noor financial condition only 58 of the needy could 
be taken care of. Totally, according to the report of the agent, ten invalids 
have been sent to the hospitals and twenty six received free medicine. The 

cash bala.nce of the society has been reduced with S^ 12.30 by giving suDnort to 692 
persons. The Society has resolved to alter its mode of t)roT30ganda and in r)lace 


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Chica£!oer Arbelter Zeitung. December ^S 1330. 



Of arranging entertainments, d,-nces, concerts, etc. it will orgnnize a membership 
drive among the Germans of Chicago in the interest of the needy and suffering. 
It is anticipated that immigration will continue to increas^^tne means o^ the 
society are much too small, to satisfy all demands made. 

Therefore the necessity has arisen, to get a larger membershir). ^he Chairman 
also asked the gentlemen of the publicity Committee to do their very "best in this 
respect. The following gentlemen have heen acceiDted as new members. 

G. Gregory, P. C. Lentz, H. Bockener, Louis Brenell, John "Peldkam-Df , Fred 
Frendenberg, Otto Dehling, and William Bettinghausen. The meeting was then 



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Chicacoer Arbeiter Zeitunc , Oct. 2, 1860. 



/^JTST YATEf/ \ 

V/e have heard the death rattle of tlie Geman Association, that society v/hich 
always did f:ood v/ork by talking bi-% It lias been an enemy to the poor v/ork- 
Tian and has been notorious in assistin^r to break dov/n strikes frorr. their safe 
hiding place. 'Ye are reminded of their infamous r>avticipation in the strike of 
the ^Pocikelhous" (Fickle-House -.vcrknon.) Their fate is deserved and in s 
very short time this sti^^ua of German ration lit v;ill re {^ore forever^ At 
yester^'.ay^ 3 general r.eetinf^ of tiie -association only nine na^:;bers ;vere present, 
a pi'oof that the mer.bers regard .heir charit:' as humbugs Practically no re- 
sults have been obtained ty the Association and the funds that were collected 
v;ere given to favored persons. 

It is therefore a great satisfaction that for the ^-eneral v/elfare this Association 
is dissolving. Charity is the curse of the Society. In its place must come the 
conviction tkjat it is the duty and obligation of every huiiian being to help their 
brothers as uest they can. 



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Illinois Staats-ZeitTiDg , Jan* 7, 1880. 


T5ie members of the executive committee of the Ladies* Aid Society, a branch ^ 
of the German Society, passed the following resolution yesterday: 5 

••The Ladies' Aid Society of the German Society hereby expresses its gratitude 3 
to all who gave gifts or otherwise helped to provide a Christmas festival for ^ 
the poor children. The ladies particularly thank Mr. Brand for his courtesy 3 
in having provided free use of his hall, and are very grateful to the German \^ 
press which gave publicity to the event in so liberal a manner, thus helping S 
considerably in making the affair a success. Furthermore, we thank the various ^ 
businessmen for the presents they contributed and their friendly interest; also 
the individuals whose donations enabled the Society to have a plentiful supply 
of everything for the occasion. The ladies also thank Mr. Bauer, who furnished 
a piano for the occasion, as well as Mrs. Huck, Mrs. Thorwarth, Miss Pick, and 
Mr. Schmoll, whose combined efforts made a success of the affair. In fact, we 
thank all who collaborated with us to make the affair a success. 

••An accounting will be submittei next ,Yednesday»** 


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Illinois Staats-Zeltunf^ , Dec. 29, 1879, 


The Help Ireland Committee, which was appointed at McCormick Hall, has so tar 
received the follov/ing contributions: 

From the police force, through Austin J. Doyle, $1,124. 
The following collection coraiaittees were appointed: 

Brewers and maltsters: W. C* Seipp and George Bullen*... 

Ship owners: Robert Devendorf . • . • 

Banks: J. 0. Rutter.... 

Newspapers: V/ashington Hesing. . • . 

Lawyers: Harry Rubens.... 

Tanners and dealers in leather: Christ Casselman.. .. 

Industrialists: Peter Schuettler and Chas. E. Schwab.... 

City officials: General Lieb.... 


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17 Illinois Staats-Zeitimg , Dec. 29, 1879. 

County officials: 7. G. Eloldce.... 

Saloonkeepers: John Feldkamp cuid Louis Schwuehoir. • • . 

Bookstores: W. A. Anberg..*. 

Furniture manufacturers: John Phillips, J. Brlersdorf , and 

Adolph Sturm.... 
Fashionable clothing and articles: Alderman Wetterer.... 
Cigars and dealers In tobacco: Ur. Deutsch.... 
Retail Jewelers: Anton Schager.... 
Tailors: R. J. Walsche.... 
Drugstores : John Hellcmd. • • • 
Planing mills: Christian Tegtmeyer. . . • 
Bakers: D. F. Bremner. ... 

^^^anslator * s note: Naturally, most of the firms serving as collection com- 
mittees have Irish names; also other vocations are listed which are not en- 
umerated in the translation, since only German names are glven^* 




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Men, women, and children responded to the appeal of the Socialists and staged 
an overflow protest meeting at the Vorwaerts Turnhalle (Forwcu^ Turner Hall) 
in behalf of the suffering peasants in Ireland* Every available seat was taken, 
and the gallery was crowded. About a dozen prominent Socialists sat on the 
stage* On opposite sides of them were the Union Jack and the Socialist banner 
bearing the words, "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity**. 

Nearly all who were present wore their union badges and almost every trade was 
represent ed.....2^ranslator*s note: All non-German items are omitted in transla* 

Paul Grottkau was the only one lAio spoke in German and he addressed the crowd as 
follows: ••Irelcaid's history is an uninterrupted record of distress, which can, 
possibly 9 onJIjba compared to the tribulations of Poland. England* s greatest 



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I C Illinois Staats-Zeitung , Dec* 29, 1879. 


disgrace is the subjugation of Ireland, where the people are kept at 
a low leyel, physically and mentally, while poverty and superstition aid in 
intensifying the condition. Their distress is unbearable now, and their call 
for aid has reached distant lands. The demonstration today is an expression 
of our sympathy for these oppressed people. 

**What are the Irish demanding? A reduction in land rents and that the govern- 
ment divide the land, so that everyone may own a home. However, I consider this 
parceling system, this division of land, a retrogressive measure, as is proven 
by French history. Land is state property, and the principle must prevail that 
the interests of the state, and of society, are superior to the special interests 
of the individual. 

propriation. In the course of time property rights gained importance and this 
manifested itself in the accumulation of large leind holdings. A few prominent 
individuals acquired huge tracts of land and called themselves *lords*. Let us 

**Wherever and whenever states were formed, states maintained the right of ex- ^ 


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now consider the parceling system: France showed what a calamity this 
land-dividing-scheme proved to be and how it affected the farmer. He is not 
able to rise and throw off that yoke of slavery, the mortgage, regardless of 
incessant labors.** 

The speaker then compared Irish and French laborers, and added that whiskey 
and Christicuiity were the curse of the Irish workers and farmers* ''But now,** 
he continued, **their distress is unbearable eind they call for help! Now the 
clergy declares: *You must own your home, we must revert to the land parceling 
system** But this method will bring the same results; a few rich people will 
become the owners of land* The earth has passed its stage of primeval fertility, 
we have no more virgin soil, and ythen the small renter cannot meet the mortgage 
payments, then the creditors ccxiie cuid acquire the property* As matters are con- 
stituted at present, the Irish must demand that the few land sharks return their 
holdings to the commonwealth, so that all the farmers can cultivate the soil, 
improve it, apply modern methods, and fertilize the ground to make it productive 

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again. Ihe Irish people should not be led astray by the clergy, but 
should think only of progress, of civilization. The object of this meeting Is 
to Inculcate the right Ideas and to help the Irish In their efforts. But, if 
all endeavors prove futile, then let them take recourse to the sword and all 
liberal-minded people will Join them In the name of humanity and Justice.** 

Chalzman Meier announced that the committee would take up a collection now for ^ 
the oppressed Irish people ^ 


While the collection was progressing Bawler read excerpts from Irish history 

during the last three hundred years. ...a fearful picture of English tyranny ^ 

and exploitation..... 


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GF::a3T:..^ FiUlS-^OTS FOR GZ2.^i: o:^H;Ji3 

Christmas gifts v;ill be distributed at Uhlich's Orphanage on Jhristf'ias Day. 
This simple statement nay sufrice to induce our good-naturea Oerrians to act 
in behalf of the poor children v/ho have no loving parents to arrange a pleasant 


llhlich's Orphanage takss care of sixty-four oiiildrea at present — youngsters ^^ 

v/ho nave t.he same longings at Christjias as the offsprings of a wealthier g 

class, or the more fortunately situated children v;ho bask Jn the love of tneir ^ 

V/e appeal to the hundreds of well-to-do ^':>eriTi:Ui fanilies in our city to think 
of these poor orplians. Give just a little, your own children will never miss 
it, and you v/ill earn sincere gratitude. Give what you can spare, clotiiing, 
toys, cake, candy or food — everything is welcome. 


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Presents will be accepted at the follovrinr convenient locations: 


At the Orpiianage, corner Burlington street and Center .^venue; in the base- p 

ment of Jt. Paulas Church, southweat corner of LaSalle and Ohio Streets; at r; 

Charles lilnmericn and Company, ^05-287 ...adison Street, and at 3. Bauer and ^ 

Company, 191 Lake Street. 2 



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Per //est en (Sunday Edition of Illinois Staats-Zeitung ) > 

Dec. 17, 1879 • 




A large part — nearly all — of .Vester.vald, in the former Duchy of Nassau, faces 
famine, according to news from Svxitzerland and Germany, Remember, this ;vas ^ 
your fatherland. You need not be told what a total crop failure means* The C 
potato yield -vas nothing; you of Nassau knov/ how serious that fact is. Famine, g 
v/ith its fearful aspects, will rule the land unless we intervene. A long, hard 2 
winter must be faced by the people; larders are errr^ty, and there is no income, oj 
People of Nassaul Fellov; citizens I Your relatives, perhaps even your brothers 
and sisters, your parents appeal to you to help them in their distress. 

A number of peo-ole who formerly lived in Nassau have formed a temporary committee 
to help our countrymen as quickly as Dossible. Remember, ".'Jhoever gives promptly, 
drives twice". 

Ve ask all people who ?/ere born in Nassau to attend a mass meeting next Monday, 

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Per jesten (Sunday iCdition of Illinois Staats-Zeitunf' ) ^ 

Dec. 1'7, 1879. 

December 6, at B P. ■.:. , at 177 Blue Island rivenue, to elect a permanent relief 

Nassauerl Prove to the ^vorld that yju have hearts of ."^old, that you think of tM 
desDair now affecting your homeland, even though you are th usands of miles :i> 

aii^/ayl '^ 

IVe her-:^by ash the Illinois Staats-Zeitunc^ to provide free space in the Sunday "n 
edition for the above appeal. o 


Very resr;ectfully, (^ 

The provisional Committee: 

Peter ?rankenbach (from Jchlossborn, Nassau); 
Andreas 3oeiin{:.en (from Bad ms^ iiassau) ; 
Hatzfeld (from Wei Ibur^ Nassau); 

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Per ./est en (Sunday iildition of Illinois 3taats-Zeitung ) , 

Dec. 17, 1B79. 

VJ. Rande (from Bad Sms, Nassau); 
Gustav Graf (from Lan/_:en-Sch?;albach) ; 
V/ilhelm Brumner (from //iesbaden, Nassau). 

Chicago, December 5, 1879. 


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Per Westen (Sunday Edition of Illinois otaats-Zeitung ), 

Dec. 14, 1879. 



The recently proposed club Nassovia hereby repeats its appeal, to all people -^ 

who were born in Nassau, to attend the next meeting, on Monday, December 15, r; 

at 8 P.M., at 177 Blue Island Avenue, to arrange details for forming a jper- ^ 

manent organization and to communicate with the Nassau clubs of New York and o 


The German Reich has been asked to extend all possible aid, because of exten- ^ 
sive crop failures and the consequent famine now prevailing in Silesia, Erzgebirge, 
and other districts. Althoug Nassau is one of the best agricultural districts 
of Germany, certain parts, such as ;?esterwald, Amt Rennerod, Herborn, and Mar i en- 
berg had total crop failures; the people are on the verge of starvation, and the 
present winter is exceptionally severe. According to statistics of the Depart- 
ment of Agriculture of the German Reich, these localities have suffered more than 
any others, and this opinion is concurred in by all who have seen the district. 

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Per Westen (Sunday Edition of Illinois Staats-zeitun^ ) , 

Dec. 14, 1879. 

I therefore extend an invitation, in the nane of Jakob Poths, president pro 
tem of the club Nassovia, to all people who v/ere born in Nassau to come to 
our meeting next Monday, Dec. 15, at 8 P. LI. at 177 Blue Island Avenue. 

A. Soehngen, secretary 





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Illinois Staats>Zeitung > Dec* 13, 1879. 

iiPPiHaL TO CUR Cr^RiiAii mimi 

The glorious Christmas festival for our children dra-^s ever nearer* What 
longing is awakened in young ninds when we mention Christmas I :xi 

Our memories of a happy childhood are the outstanding features of our de- ^ 
dining years, and Christmas, above all, is indelibly impressed on our minds* -t3 
Eow many poor children come to realize their abject poverty, when the world in o 
general is merry and joyful, while the destitute are forgottenl In order to lo 
reach those children over whom dire want holds sway, and among vvhom the joys f^ 
of Cliristmas are unknown, the Ladies • Aid of the Gerr/ian Society has decided to ^ 
provide a number of children with v/arm clothing again this year and, incidental- 
ly, to arrange a festival for them* 

The concert, which had been arranged to provide funds for the purpose, un- 
fortunately did not produce enough money tc T)ay for the clothing which we 
intended to distribute, and therefore the ladies of the German Society found it 

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Illinois Staats-Z»ltung> Dec. 13, 1879 • 

aecessary to appeal to benevolently inclined Germans to help complete the 

Donations*- small or large— -are always appreciated. The Ladies* Aid Society ^ 

decided not to make a general collection, but to appeal to those benevolently ^ 

inclined people who would gladly provide the needed funds, so that poor chil- ^ 

dren also may have a Merry Christmas. F 

The following committee members will gladly receive your contributions: North 
Side: Mrs. Claussenius, 149 Cass Street; Mrs. Ltolter, 484 Dearborn Avenue; 
Mrs. Ebener, 401 Larrabee Street. 

West Side: Mrs. Bluthardt, 43 South Peoria Street; Mrs. Rapp, 217 West Madison^ 
Street; Mrs. Buehler, North Avenue and Robey Street. ^ 

South Side: Mrs. Clara Berger, 431 Prairie Avenue; Mrs. Blumenschein, 328 
Cottage Grove Avenue; Mrs. Marie Werkmeister, 129 Archer Avenue. 5 





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Illinois Staats-Zeitung , Dec. 12, 1879. 




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The Johanna lodge distributed Christrias presents yesterday in the tasenent 

of the Sinai S3aiagogue, 21st Street and Indiana Avenue. Presents v/ere 

given to sixty-six boys and thirty-five girls. The gifts consisted of 

nice warm wearing apparel. Every boy received a pair of pants, coat and 

vest, two suits of underv/ear, two pair of stockings, boots or shoes, hat, o 

necktie, suspenders, shawl, and gloves. Each girl v/as presented v/ith a 

raincoat, hat, underwear, shoes, gloves, and so forth. 

The benevolently inclined ladies of the lodge obtained the rioney by arranging 
a concert and apparently donated additional funds of their o;vn — judging 
from the quality of the presents. 

Only a comparatively small number of children v;ere present. As most of 
their parents had seen better days, and as the Johanna lodge did not want 

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Illinois Staats-Zeitung , Dec. 12, 1879. 

the little ones to knew that they v/ere objects of charity, the presents 
TTere sent to the various homes • 

The children v;ho came to the hall v;ere given candy, nuts, cookies, and so 

The ladies in charge of gift distribution prefer to remain anonymous. 

The old proverb applies here, "Blessed be the Giver". 




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Illinois Staats-Zeitung , Dec# 11, 1879 • 

The Ladies* Aid of the German Society held its regular meeting yesterday 
afternoon. Mrs* Bluthardt, vice-president, presided. After Mrs. Clara Berger 
had read the minutes of the last meeting, Mrs. Maria Werkmeister^ delegate of 
the German Society, read the follov/ing report, wnich was accepted: ~6 

♦•During the last three months, the Society gave ^V8.25 in casn to 108 persons 
and families; in September, $108 in 3V cases; in October, $lbd in 41 cases; 
and in November, |89 in 28 cases. 

Board and lodging for homeless people cost $37.50, coal for the poor, $4.75« 

During these last months, precisely as formerly, it has been impossible to 
give aid to all applicants. Many a person who hoped to obtain help from us 
was disappointed and became discouraged. If we hear increasing complaints 
that the German Society does not consider the plight of the poor, because 




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Illinois Staats-Zeitung , D?c. 11, 187^. 

one or enotaer is denied assistance, that constitutes nc proof whatsoever tiiat 
we do not intend to i^^ive aid; we can relieve distress only in proportion to 
our available funds. 

The requirerrents or tne poor exceed cur rf=5SOurces to sucn «.n extent tnat tae 
Ladies* Aid needs the tvl'} support or Chica^^o's ^ermans in order to enable 
tie German Society to function adequately  

xxfter attending to various routine matters, the coming Christmas festivities 
were considered, as welJ as tAe presents to be distributed on that occasion* 
Several committees were rornied to attend to tne details incident to tne 
cominG- celeorationo 



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Illinois 5taat3«Zeitung , Dec. 9, 1879. 

TIE i:as3Auee club 

A meeting of former inhabitants of Nassau was held last night in the hall at 
77 Blue Island Avenue to devise v/ays and means to aid the people of v/esterwald, 
Germany, v/ho are facing famine. 

Jacob Boths was elected president of the assembly; Otto leuser, vice-president; j 
and A. Soehngen, secretary. The problem was considered at length, and it was 
finally decided to organize a club, with membership confined to people v;ho for-- • 
merly lived in Nassau. 

The following gentlemen were named directors: K» Gotofried from Flornau, ?• • ; 
Kempfer from Dietz,. . . ./To naiae^. '' : 

The club resolved to express its appreciation to the Illinois Staats-Zeitung , 
since the newspaper published the appeal gratuitously in its Sunday edition. 

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, Illinois Stauts-Zeitung , Dec. 9, 1879 • 

The next meeting in the interests of the famine sufferers will be held on Mon- 
day in the sane place. 

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Illinois 3taats-Zeitung> Dec. 8, 1879. 



As winter approaches, requests for aid increase; younger and single people .^ 

especially have difficulties. This contingent represents seasonal labor, such pi 
as farm workers, and no;v that the harvest is gathered these men are out of work."; 

In October we had many requests (more than one hundred), and we gave board and g 

shelter to thirty-nine persons. Last month we gave temporary aid to sixty-two ^ 

people. en 

Requests for fuel made by poor people living in Chicago also shov^ed an increase. 
Me provided coal for twenty- four families. 

During the month we obtained hospital treatment for nine homeless and desti- 
tute persons (7 were sin,":le, 2 were married; in one of the latter cases the 
family still lived abroad, in the other, the family v/as in the East). ^Ve take 
this opportunity to thank the directorate, as well as the physicians of the 
Alexian Brothers hospital, v^o so readily granted our requests in behalf of 

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Illinois Staats-Zeitung, Dec. 8, 1879. 

the aforesaid raen. 

//e had many applicants asking for railroad fare and we obtained free transpor- 5 
tation for ten, and reduced rates for twenty-nine people. <^- 

There v;ere 273 persons asking for jobs, and v;e gave 144 addresses to them. -a 
During the month forty-seven employers called to hire help. Besides, 288 people o 
sought aid and advice in various matters. '^^ 



Our total cash expenditures in November amounted to 5331.15. 

During the month immi^-^ration was fairly large; 2050 emigrants from Europe reached 
Chicago, according to available figures. As formerly, the Norwegians, Swedes, 
Danes, and Russians (Mennonites) are in the majority — then follow the Germans. 

The Norwegians, Swedes and Danes were estimated at 700 in all — 300 Nonvegians, 
300 owedes, and 100 Danes* Most of them were farmers who went to Illinois, 


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Illinois 3taats-Zeit\ing > Dec, 8, 1879 • 

V/i scons in, and Minnesota to settle on f arris. 


There v;ere about 20J Britons (this included Irish and ocotch) v;hose goal v/as .:::^ 
Illinois, Jisconsin, lov^-a, or Kansas. P 


The Russians, mostly Gerinan-Russians, were estimated at 250 to 300; all con- 
tinued their journey to Dakota. 


About 150 Italians passed Chicago, on their way to Calif ornia© There v/ere about Dl 
200 to 250 arrivals from the German Reich; most of them intended to remain in 
Illinois and .Wisconsin* 

French, Belgians, Swiss and Dutch, mostly farmers, were e-^ti-nated at 250 to 300, 
all told; they continued their journey to ;/isconsin and parts of Illinois. 

Bohemians, Hungarians, and Poles (about 200) went to other sections of Illinois, 
and also to V/isconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota* 

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Illinois Staats-Zeitung , Dec. 8, 1879. 

v;e had 797 calls at our office during the past month: 507 men and 270 women 

■rfVe received sixty letters and mailed 222 • 

Charles ^ders, Agent. 




Respectfully submitted by o> 

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Illinois Staat3-Zeitimc » Oct. 4, 1879, 


The executive board of the German Society held its ser.iiannual meeting yesterday. :p 
C-eorg Schneider, president of the Society, acted as chaiman. ^ 

^'ifter reading the minutes and attending to routine matters, llrs. M. Werkraeister ^ 
and Messrs, J, Beiersdorff and Arthur 2rbe were named as members of the enter- i 
tainment committee, ^ 


After reading the agent's report for September, the meeting adjourned. ^ 

^ranslator*s note: The agent is in charce of the Society's v/olfare v/ork, 
distribution of funds, etoJJ. 

The Report 

The records show that immigration was fairly large last month. Fifoires for 

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Illinois Sta ats--Ze ltung t Oct* 4, 1879. 

Chicago shov; that 2,200 people cane to the city, but the majority will go to ;o 
farms In the West, Northwest and the Territories* All nationalities were 
represented* There were about 400 Germans; 500 Russians, mostly well-to-do 
Mennonites; 500 Norwegians, Swedes, Danes, and Belgians; 200 Austrians, 
Bohemians, and Hungarians; 300 English, Scotch, and Irish; 150 Italians; 
100 Swiss and French; and about 50 from Schleswig-Holstein. 



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Altogether 828 people called at our office, 664 men and 164 women. 5{ 

During the past month, 67 employers came to o\u: employxient bureau, and we were 
able to place 208 people out of 378. 

Advice and help was given in 187 cases. 

We had 170 applicants asking for money and, upon investigation, we gave cash to 
40 persons iffliom we considered deserving. According to otar figures, 50 persons 

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Illinois Staats-Zeitung, Oct* 4, 1879. 

v/anted free or partially paid railroad fare. Free medical aid was sought by :| 
6 people; and they ;vere also civen nedicine free of charge. Room and board ^ 
were provided in 52 instances. V/e referred 42 cases to the county. "-^^ 

Our total expenditures for aid, etc., amounted to ^302. 80 during the month of 

A case involving; lost baggage, which we traced and located, was also recorded. 

Very respectfully, 
Charles iilndres, 

Agent . 

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II D 3 


Illinois Staats-Zeituiyr , Sept. 11, 1879. 

The Ladies* .-^id of the German Society held its nionthly meeting yesterday. Tlie 
president, Llrs. Iledwig Voss, acted as chaiman. Kirs. Hirth acted as secretary 
pro tem, as Hiss Clara Schneider was absent, having been inarried yesterday. 

The reports of the various officials were received and accepted. i^kCcording 
to the statenents conpiled by the treasurer, Lj?s. Llarie Peipex's, the suiiimer 
festival netted §414.17. 

tirs. i'/erki.aeister read the monthly report, given below: 

"The German Society gave aid in 129 cases during the uiDnths of June, July, and 
August* Assistance v/as given to poor families and single persons as itemized: 
In June, y88 vjas paid to 35 persons or families. In July, |5153 v/as siven to 

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Illinois Staats-Zeitunc , Sept. 11, 1879. 

44 persons. In August, ur^^ent cases rose to 50, and $153 v/as ^i'^sn; this, 
hov/ever, includes donations to people v;ho needsd continued support. Coal 
delivered to poor people entailed the followinc expenditures: June, §5; 
July, ^4.50; August, :;H.50. 

*'For roon and board for homeless persons, \ve spent ;;i;58.50 in June, and the ^rn 
sane sura in August. r- 

"The total siui spent for people in need ;vas $525* o 



*^Other donations of the Gerriian Society v;hich v:ere civen chiefly through its ^ 

a2:9nt in co-operation v/ith other bonevolent associations are not raentioned, 
because these items appear in the refrulir monthly report of tlie Society. But 
I cannot refrain from speaking of those unfortunate people v/ho have received, 
or are receiving, hospitcil care through our intercession. These patients are 
Given excellent care, and express gratitude whenever a laember of the Ladies* 


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* . IHlnols StaatS'-Zeltung , Sept. U, 1879* 

Aid calls at the hospital*** 

A laotion was made to give another Christmas festival this year for the benefit 
of poor children, and so Mrs. Roesch, Mrs. Mblter, Mrs. Bluthartt, Mrs. Mathei^ 
Mrs. Loeby and Mrs. Werkmeister were appointed as a conmittee to plan an 
evening* s entertainment ^ in order to raise sufficient funds for presents. 

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o':^X SERBIAN ! 

Chlcagoer Artelter Zeltiing, Monday, July 21st, 1S79* "^ ' -^-^ 
The Union of the German Women's Society. 

For the "benefit of needy Immigrants and countrymen, the Union of the" German 
Women's Society" is busy with the arrsngeinents of to-day's Summer Festival at 
Lincoln Park' s Pavilion. As it is for a worthy cause, it is to he hoped, that 
,the attendance he large. 

Following is the program:- 

Welcome of the Public, concert and games. 

1.) Gruss in der Feme, March— liichaelis; 2.) Overture: Fra Diavolo— Auher; 3) 
Doppel Quartet, Germania Male Chorus; U.) Potpourri, Kleiner Herzoz—Lecoco; 
5.) Blumenlied from Carmen—Bizet; 6.) DopT^el Quartet, Germania Male Chorus; 
7.) Auf der Wacht, cornet Solo— Doring; 8.) Nachtigall Polka— Bosquett; 9*) 
Doppel Quartet, Germania Male Chorus; 10.) Walz, Wiener Kinder— Strauss; 

After the evening concert, dance. 

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Illinois otaatc-Zeitunc, J^Jly lll^ lc'79. 

3ui.r;er Foctivr.l 

Tlie G::ecutive beard of the ■Zerjrju.n oociet:; hold its rc^Tilar neotinf; yesterdr.3-, 
President 'Joorr* ochneider acted as chairi^an. Jeveral businesG :£.tters of 
Liinor ir:i::ortance v^erc -ittendcd to, c-.n. . t.'.': a:;ent oi' zlie society read liis 
i.ionthly report, arter v;l:ich the riectinn adjourned. 



.,fter tliat, the central coruiittee, anich is in char'"*e of plans for the suji- -n 

rjer fostiv.l, riez. :;nd .erhrieiriter addresaod the !..ase,:hl-^ in the absense o 
of the president -.nd vice-aresident, l^ 

]>. : r^ttich, in prasentin." the reT)ort of the alannin;- co.ulttce, said tlrit ^^ 

an a.'Tcanent 'ad boen Made v;ith ..r. ..inter re -ardiny the use of '.is ;^^arh, 
ana that hr. .'inter had ::;£.de evorv "ossible conccv'sion. 1. *. ochaen^'el v^is 
requested t\: tahe chcrpe of the .:ale of beer, and everpt: in;- connected 

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lUinclG ..t':i:..-:.s-.oltun^;, Tul- 12, 1879. 

therev;ith. Lrs. L.oltcr, cpeakin^;; xor tie li-dier:* coiTiittee, said that boor 
and neat have been crdercc, and that other itena '.;ill v.lsa he orc'ere;-. pronpt" 

If- T T '^ '^ P (^ T i"? '-^ '1 "?■ ^ pn "Ji '•'^ t^ '^ '■]''• ^ T' ' \~, ■"»,-»'- ,'' -v>- -''*r^. ~> ■'-''/ ;.o "i '(•''+' "i "Tf" 1 

x-j. • i i-U >^L- J. lo ^-l -^i. vj'-^»j a. O' ^u. w^^ L*'Ly •v«. sj J srfUiiU'.^UU -_ia^-l '.utAlL Xw.J, i^c.i..«.v> -^ Ai.»; j. ll o • -.<->.lU. .«.>j;v 

xdio neatin;: adjoiirnjd until ';;?uoada7 arternaoa, at i'iva o'clack, and all ti 

coaniitteaG vjera asked to be pre;jent at t/iat 

The roport of the a':ent o- the GerLian Jociet;.' Tor the Month of Jvaie contains 
the ioll"v:in.'* iterio: 

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7i-uray 3ho:;ed little aii^:*oroiice duri i.; ti e ].iontji3 of l^ay and Jine. In 1-ay, 
t:iere wCi^e 3600 :;rri7-\ls, .'ind in Tune 3400 peools arrived. 

Tiie nfitioniili^i/ies v;ere a3 rol].ov;3: Citi::on3 oi* the --e^^ir^n en'-^ire: 

thCoO, 300 vrere fr^D.: tho ncr'thovn ^^art of "ovix^:'y •"■:id 200 I'roM t;:-:? GCMtliern 
^j:xvt of '>Gr:.]an/; all contiaaed on thoir journe:' to other part? of Illinois, 
.isconoin, Io;va, i'in.ie5:';'ta, hanoais, and Galiforiia. ]5ohe::ii-ao: I'^OO, to ..'is- 
coasin, Io-,;a, I.^innesota, Hannah and hebraslia. rortu::uuoe: GO, all to 
California. loles: 73, all of v:hoia reininod in Oj.ica::o. JvaGO and Italians: 
oO each, aoina to lovja and •Jalifcrnla. iXit^h: .3, ail to lovra. S^:ede3, 
horv:e 'laiG , 3r;neG, and 3el^iano: 3000; a i^art re;:i:^in<"::l in Illinois, the 
re;:iaind6r wont to hisc jnsin, Iov;a, hinnGJ.>ta, and Ilebrasha. hnalioh, 3cotch, 
and Irish: ..bout 300; noot of then v/ent t-o Oalifor ila, hcbraoha, or hansas. 
~>asoians: 530 to 400, a3out 30 fard/ieo, riostl:: hcnnonil'-^o, porsessin^ an 
^CC:re:yjite canital of ,133,000 to 3130,000 in casli. a^iie^^ »:ent to York county, 

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Illinois Staats-Zeltung , July 12, 1879* 

Nebraska, with the exception of fifty who chose Minnesota, and twenty-five, 
Dakota • The f iirst contingent, those who intend staying in York county, 
Nebraska, were given free transportation from Chicago by the Burlington 
and liissouri River Railroad. 

Requests for aid: 176; forty-five were given cash; forty-one free or i>artial 
travelling fare; three, fuel; thirty-three, board and lodging; three, medical 
aid; two, hospital care; and six, medicine. 


Total expenditures (in cash) for aid during May amounted to §471.69# cv 


Farm labor is still very much in demand; also single woiaen. ^ 

During May, sixty-six employers applied at our employment office, and we 
succeeded in finding jobs for 176 persons out of 308 ndio looked for work« 
Advice and help were given to 17 6« 


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IlXinoia StaatB'^Zeltung a J^ 12^ 1879# 
AltocethtTi 663 persona called at our offioej 48S nm and 180 noxaen* 
We recalTsd 62 lattera^ and nailed 1495 lettera. 


Charlea £ndrea^ 



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Illinois Staats-Zeitaiig^, J'one 12, 1879 • 

TiiJi ;k)Mj:n'3 club of til a:i:R:ivri socety 

The '.'/omen's Club of the Crernan Society held a neGtin.f; yesterdav afternoon. 
Despite the rainy v/eather, the attendance ;va3 -pod. .tfter the reading and 
acceptance of the minutes, I.Irs. ;,^rmoister, delei^ate to the board oi' directors 
of the Grernan Society, submitted txie laonthly report quoted below: 

"During Hay, the German Society spent yl40 to aid tliirt3'--five needy fa:;iilies 

and destitute single persons; the sum given in each case varied fram one to 

ten dollars. The sun of ..)7.25 v/as spent to buy coal for poor people. The cJ5 

total amount spent thus comes to pl47.25. 

''The members of our Club have recently complained poor people referred 
to the agent of the Gennan Society v;ere not shOvvn the proper courtesy, and in 
some instances v;ere not given any consideration v/hatever. i brought the matter 
to the attention of the executive board of the German Society, and the board 
immediately appointed a comiriittee, consisting of the board members Pruessing, 


Illinois "3taats*Zeitun^ , J^me 12, 1379. 

Hettich, and Buehler, lo investicate the canes. A resolution v/as also passed 
that the ladies ajpoint a eo:-Tiitte3 of their own to invest igate all cases 
which the 7onen's Club refers to the Gernian Society, so that tho status of 
the appliCLnt^, as v;all as tho LudO-int to .vhich thev arj entitled, can be def- 
initely ostaolished. In closin,:, I v;oald like to add that the administration 
has offered to assist us in arran^ln^^ a benefit entertainiient , and that the 
president of the Gerraan Society, Schneider, intends to be at our neetin/^ 
to hear our resolutions and to submit thO:.! to the menbers of the :oard«'^ 

In confoKTiance ./ith the x-esolation ''luntioncju in tlie report, the ladies formed 
a co.Tunittee to investigate all requests for aid. The cor.Laittee raembers are as 

North Side: Mrs. abener, :.:r:*. li. Claussenius, jirs. J. Roesch. 
South Side: LIrs. ledir, Mrs. Louise Lan^emann, Ivlrt:, :!• V/ink. 
'lest Side: !!rs. Dluthardt, Ilrs. F. r.Iadlener, Ilrs. B. l.Iueller. 


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Illinois 3taat3-Zeitun:;, June 12, 1879. 

The i^ieraberi tli^n considorad the sui:iner festival .vliioh had been discussed 
at the DroviouG session. It //as decided that it should be a .'-Teat affair, 
a true ^'German festival/' and that it should be announced as such. 

I'rs. J. Buehler, \rs. Dluthardt, and :!rs. C!T. ;'c ^sch v/ere nanod as a con- 
nittee to select a day for the festival and to do the -^ii^jlininai^^ vvork. 

The president oi* the Oernan Society, Ilr. ocimoider, raa .b a brief speech in v/hich § 
he expressed his appreciation of th:- Club*s efforts, adding tliat the proposed 
festival is particularl;.' appropriate nt this tyiue, since it '..ill ni:..rk the 
tiventy-fifth aunivursary of the? Oeriaan Society. The neetin;:: v;as tlien "djourned. 

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niinois otaMts-;:Gitim.- . . ly 15, 1879, 

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A deplor-iblo C'se of i^overty and sui'ierinr cr>j;ie to tlie attention of 

Coronqr : aim ycstordciy, IIo hold nn in-uest at 110 ..est 14th ^treot, 

Tvhere a threo-Months-old child had '-;ied. The parents, Casiiiiir . ist and 

his alfe, arrived rocontly Tron :>7itzerland, are dcatitv.te. The child 

v'as horn on shipboard, contracted fever -".nd died t::o :.ays a'O. The coroner 

found the corpse, b*;rely clothed, l^'in;" on a t-^ble, ;]:ilo the brothers and 

sisters, as veil -'S the children of tiie huubon f-j.:ily, 7;hic}i shares the 

flat and V7hic:i also cuiie to .-Jiorica recently, alayed unconcernedly. 'I'he 

tv;o families o'.m one stove *md no furniture, flie livinr :uartors consist 

of three b^:re rO'i-is; everythiag necesa-;r:' for fiubsistenco is lackiny. J-"^ 

There is no bed, ch^iir, or table ^von /^icT*. 

The oldest son of the ;ists is cri-alcvaod -as •"^:i ••p-orontice -^t 1- . SCiiuottler 
and Coiipany'r: ..a/on v/orhs; he is fifteen years old and e-:rns tv:o collars 
a ?;eeh. I'he nen^ -md auuben, .crh on bhe railroads, hut so far have 

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Illinois Cta-ts- 'citun--, I a^.- IL;, 1C79. 

rechiived no s-il -riGS. T'lo children of both rai:ilios, seventoen r-iltor^other, 
ap^.GC'.r to be in rood hor^lth -nd sr.irits, conGiaorin:' their circUi.iGtances. 
Tlie tv:o .:orien do not seer, to bo iiscGi;rri^:od, out nevortlioless he Id is 
tirrentlv needed. So fnr, both f^.^iilios h-ve lived nostly on supplies ^ 

*;hich v.'ere don-ited, -md their rieals often consisted or unsiLl-^ible i;ieat, ^ 

such fs he-vPt, liver rmd lun,^*s. Coal also v;as -iven to then. Their r* 

first benefactor '.:".s hr. Ilartnann, :.']io has a a'Orhsho"n in the vicinity; LI 

he f^ave then a fairly l-r.::c suii: of iioney irj^:ediately, ^-^ 

V.l^en the C-ezrnan Society heard rf the case, it sent its a^ent to in\''esti--:^.te , 
and hela) ill of course be -^^iven to tjie unfortu-n^te r>cople, and the CcvXxty 
\.'ill also i:ive assistance, it is iiopod. 

L'o:7evor, here is a case worthy also of inlividual don-itions. 




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Illinois Staat3-^eitung, Llay 8, 1879. 


The Ladies' Auxiliai^r- of the Cerrnan Societj^ held its first annual noeting 
and election of officers yesterday afternoon* 

The president, llrs. IIodv/iG Voss, openod the aeeting, aftor the readin^^ of the 
iiiinutes, and submttei the year's report vvhich we append: 

Report of the President '^ 

To the menbors of the V/onen's Club: One of iii^'- duties, consists in giving a 
general account of our status at the annus.1, gentjral neetinj;. This is a 
pleasure, inr'^eod, as I have only agreeable inatters to speak of, and, much has 
already been exhaustively covered in the re2:)orts of our capable officials, so 
that I need give onl;/ a partial report. 

In response to an appeal of the executive board of the Genrian Society we 


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Illj-ic is .;tnM ts-;:olti y^, :h7 8, 1379. 

or, -anized the Indies^ ^.uxi.l i.ury i"i Ij'rc:'., l-j.3t yonc. Cn the first ..ednes- 
l.y iu liiy tho yorMiMienu officor:: v/ore elect vl. 'J'^ieir tor .; o:rpiro?^: today. 
>hortl'^ i:hero. y*ter the del-^-it^.G to the '.:cr.--ii iociot • /ore oloctod. ..t 

proeont v;c }:::Vo cibout f^GO :\Q:±cr3. :Gno, for v^.riou^' rov.Gons, ronia-id 

re c Gilt 1' but cver^r r.:onth -;g additions on onr list. 


Cur receintn \;ero about twelve hundred lor.larc :in^^ ivn'^o tlian one hel'^ of that o 
'tnount v;ar:- rivon to the erriri .Jociety ar; rcuire l by the byl-ivrr.. .v larre Giu.i co 
vao donated by us directly to poor v.'onen and childreri ot Ghristnas; one hun- S 

dred dol.lars vni3 sent to the fever suf erers in the oouth, and the re.i¥:inder 
Vxts used to defray\a:' e:cpev,Sv^'u re,ardin.* v.iiich the trD'tsuror v;ill /Ive 
"ou detailO'l ini'or. :ation. 

Durin"" the ye;:r v;e liad I'ourt ;en eaecutive rieetin-a^ and sixteen re.-ail^-r sessions. 

The club ^*ave four afternoon entertainiienty -md arran.-ed a Ohrist-ias celebration 


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Illi'ioiG ;'taritG-::eitun.;, :x.y 8, 1379. 

at v;hich ni-"ts v/ero distribut.^vl to poor ci:ildr«jri. The letter entailol the 
noGt effort, but the riejibo*!'.-?' 0''7pv(^ 'g3(\ n deniro to l^^}:'^ siMil':,r preparations 
for this year.. .• 

'flio other ontertuin lontfi brou.' ccrniior-ible increa.?(j to our treasury and also 
ervol in unit in,; our e'roup ■'lore thorou -jily mi ia pron'.)ti;-L;; friendL''-'ip. 

Cur of^'or^^* vrere j.aade' -.nd '.;oll ain^reci^.-ted. :lo':e':er, v;e consider it but 
a v;o:.r'..nly duty to anclior-te suf erl'i,;, and doeii it our -Te-iteot re\:*.rd v/hen 
v;e are ^-ivon tiiah:<:y hy the recipients and perceive their hapi^inoGG. . . •• 

V^Tier. cases of dir>tros are reported by our ::e:ibors to the a-^ent of the '>ernian 
Jociet"^. then '^ou Lia*^^ re-st a^nuro 1 that all "noof^ible aid -ill be for^hcoiiiin^^ 
and the rnont pr'-iGsLny needs v/ill be attendo '. to i: L'TieuiatelVo 

The G- vie applioa to our nev/spapers, and nan:' artists, inclu'llny -Miiteur^ v/ho 
collaborated i-rith us, as vrell as the pu'^lio in "cner!!. Let it always be said 



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of us th^*t v:e ^7ori:3n • in cr^noor''! :;nd. th'-.t vjo a-^^e notiv-iood b^.' r. trae 
spirit of priilmthropy, 'fliernlr/ -.r.^ny of siiiil-ir attitude vjill oGCorie 
?.f fili.'ito'i v;ith our club, :ind those sufferiuf; throu li advor.;ity my th-jn 
rely on us for hcl]^. 

The Jxecn.tivo :3ourd, 

I:odv;i:: Voss, v-.^esidont, 


vlnra moil or, secret- ir;/. jg 

The 'Tre:;sur''rL^»s Hei-ort g 

At the end of our first fiscl year I submit a briof ncooiirit of ouir financial 
conlitlon* and, in conTor- lance to our b^^lav^s I an "ivin : a corrnlete stater.ient 

:^e,i.ilar contributions from i. arch C, 1878, to I.l^iy 6, 1879 ::3679.75 

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I].lin^is Str.^ ^-ts- :oitim:s '^-ay 8, 1879. 

!Tet recf3ipt'5 fron the afternoon entert.iin i^^:! 

lit the Ilorth :;ide Tiimh' ."^.13 -^ 30.97 

::of receipts fron the eatevu' 

at Cloneno' Gf..r<ieri • • • • • 1^0.00 

I::ntire receiotJ^ for the Ghrist.uG ce3lebr:,.tion riven for the 

be^ie^'^'t of T^oor children, last Docejfoor, 1378 , ?r7* ^P. , 12 

Total ^1248.72 (sic) 



Ixpend itiirov: ^ 

r':.;niiont:' to the treaGuror of tlie 

C>er::ian oociety rocoipts uv:..ilablG •;750.00 

Fron the bar^neo frori t^^e ^3ntortaianent -'iv^ri at Clorxj.s* 

G-araen for the fever-sbric'-io « poo;>le in the .Jouth. •••• 100.00 

Iho iacone fron the uhrist ns fe^rbival v;as spent in it-> 

entT-.-6b^-^ accorain" to the club'- resolution and, as 

b'^ recoiT^t3, amounto'.i to ^^^ •^^ 

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Gash on hand ■) ^1,^8 

Total .) PAS.72 

..ccordl:r* to ujiis rer^rrj^t tho^ dial) ria"' tvolI bo T^roud of it'.' '.ccoi;r:)liiri.iient -, and :^ 

the liiii.icino attitude of ''.;crr'::n ':or,icn boc 'rnes '^uito ':.wp?:Lro.'Lt. In order to oane --^ 

tiio r>uf"'erin * of t}ie destitute inanv a s.'H?i-»if Ino v/rin neoosoarv, an tlie above -^ 

fi "ires shov/. I hereby r^si -n fron :.i^: olTiciaJ. duties in accordance vaf.h our ^ 

st'ttutes and tlian]-: the club for its conf id-^n^"'o in it:' endn:^. vor^:. g 

Re .'^pe c t f ul Iv , g 

Llarie Lassip; 

llontjily P.eport 

The monthly re^x ru of the Glubr> vdeleyate to the ■leritin oociet^^ contains the 
follov;in'^ item':>: 

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Illinois Jt£Lats-'3eitani% ".hy 8, 1879. 


The ex'oeriditij.i'^^'^ of the 'errnn .^ociet^'' for the suT^^ort of imr^oeunious fani-lies 
or oeroons anountc*! to ,>19V,63 durin.' the nioiiths of 'xjwch 'jnCi >.pril. In i.xirch, 
41 persons or fanilio':, receivoJ ;95. For coal, dolivoroOi to the poor, '17. '^^ 
'.ns spent; for board and lod:-in':* of Voriolnsn people ;i:38.18; tot'O. : '!3190.93# (sic) 
In .-'.T)ril C'dsh donation.: v:ore "ivmi "to 5:; fa]iilier> or sin. -To r)ersoaj3 arjauntin * en 

to -AOB, For coal, doll vera T to needy ariplic it.i, v;e ] ;ir).7r), and for roon f- 
and baard for slielterlons x)eraona>, JC^o ^^s 3pent; altorether ol56.75 durinf; ^ 

April. I'lovj rian^r people v;ere riven help, sucli as free railroad fare or partial o 

travel! n " exj^enses, hosiutal care, i.iedic:.! aid, or free burial, can be ascer- 
tain-ud froia the a^-ent*G rept^-rt. For the inforx ration of our ine^nber;^ I am 
here-rith lintin;* the various ho^v])il•/•.l?> -ivjiicri offered tfieir facilities, so that 
the la-ies nia:^ knov; vrhat sourojs are at our disposal: the County'' liospital, 
St. Joseph's, :'>t. Luke's Kospital, and Jic Feiiu^^th de*"* Freundlooon 
2^01:19 of the Friendle*-' ; v/lietlier this is an -jierican or '>er.'"Liu institution is 
not e:q'/lained7^. If i/e succeed in arousiu:: the inter-. at of our C-en'ians to such 
an extent that tliey vn.ll contribute enouyli noney so tliat a Cerrrnn section could 
be established at the Cook County*' Hospital, then v/e v/il]. have accoiiplished 


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Illinois 3t^if\ts-Zeit'Lir*, I-'ay 0, 1879. 

nor^^ for the riillij th'::n c:::i be attr<ine:l by buildiij -i hocpit.-il of o\ir ovm, 
as sucii an undert- .':iaj; would ro-iuiro [moh .loney as v/ell as years to comp3j=ito 
t'io \vor!c. 

11^ r ia . ;' e rk^ie i s t e r 

After the various reoorts v/ore adoi:^ted the eloction too!: "t^iIqco, The club^s tj 

j;ret'luont, .j?s. T'edv/ir Voss, v/as ro-o.loot'3.1. by acclarition and i.Iiss CLara o 

Jc line id or is a^ain the secretary. Lo 

..s l!rs« I.:. Lassi,: declared that she could lot a-ain acce-jb the office of ^ 

trea :ar'j:\ savenl ladies vjovq noiiinato*!, and \xs. ..♦ Fei^u^iv; vrris elected. 
LIrs. Blutliardt becaiie vice-ores idoiit. 

llvn. '.^evk'iexixtev v/as elect jd a-^-ain as dole -ito to the board of dir^:JCtor3 of 
the Gerriian society; the vote v;as unaninioiis. 

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Illinoi'? Staats-^^eiturv:, :.iiy 8, 1879. 


The lirectres.-^es are: 

!Torth Side: LIrs. Ch. Roesch, :.j?s. ".:. Ibltar, Ij's. F, :Jbenar, ^ 

3out*- oide: I.irs. i:. Mauer, :j?g. ::. Loeb, !ts. Sclriidta 

•/est 3ide: Iirs. J. B^AOhler, Vxs. r:. Iji^D-er, :.>-. uar,:]^y. 

The members expressed their appreciation to the retiring officials und 

-:)articul^rl:' to Vxs. Lassig. ^^^e rr^eotinc then adjourned. 



Illinois Staats^Zeitung , Apr. 1, 1879 • 


The following additional contributions have been received for ^he flood suf- 
ferers in/" Szeged Jlungai^T^ translator's note: Twenty-four names are listed; 
Germans as well as Americans* The largest amount, $25, was given by the 
Sisters of Harmony; the smallest sum, ^1, by R. Guthmann^ 


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Illinois 3taats-Zeitung , liar. 22, 1879. 

FDR o3ii:aSDIN 

Tlie following contributions have been received for the victims of the flood 
in Plung^iry: .•..?• Schuettler, 510; ochnadig, Foreman and Company, 35; 
Gromnes and Ullrich, o5;.., .Deborah Verein, vlOO; members of same, .365; 
Johannah Lodge , $100 • • • • • 


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II D 8 Illinois -".taat--Zeit unr, Tar. H, 1R79. 

The executive board of the ^rennan "society held its rerular nonthly ser^sion 
yesterday^> I'r. ^,nderin pre-idin^*^. /^Tran^lator* s note: "'Isewhere the name ^ 
is s^celled **;Endres*'_J^ The followinN nonthly report war^ subnitted b?/ the apent: r^ 

"The Oerman '^ocietv did its share last r.onth in lielrin.^ to relieve the ^^eneral ^ 

condition. The total amount of money cpent, that is, the cash contributions r!, 

to the poor, is slirhtl^/ in excess of the January fira-^os. In January ^■354«47 g 
v;as donated to cliarity, and in February, ":35R.65 v;as contributed, ^he major 



portions v/ere raid to Indi.^^ent families v;hich vere without income because of p. 
ailinfr family heads, and to destitute widows with small children. o- 

*'As v:as incicatec in cur last report, irimirration actually increased in February; 
in fact, the unturn had berun to be noticeable in January. It is estimated that 
there v;ere only from one hundred and fifty to two hundred arrivals in January, 
v;hile in February the number increased to three or four hundred nersons, laborers 

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II D 8 Illinoic ".taats-rioitunc , '.'nr. 8, 1879. 

of all nationalities. !'any of the.^e inniirraritp souf'-ht furn \"fork, 

^^Durins' txhe last month, twenty-five employers, rxOP.tly fanners and rardeners 
in suburban areas, called at our office, and v/ith fev/ exceptions, secured 
farm holr>. 



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'*3uch unemployed p(3rsons v;ho are actually v;illinr to do laboring work to nake 
an hone* L livin.'^ and v.'ho hone to reach higher levels ^^'' this reans, find 
opportunities increasin-'^ dailv. ''nfortunatelv, hov/ever, as :ve have "nrevlously 
renorted, v;e aro occasionally faced v;ith a discourafinr experience, -ome 
T)eor>le come to our office everv dav, scie even tv/o nrA three tines a dav, crs 
implorinr'" us to find an;'' kinc of i.ork for them, so they need not starve. Finally, ^3:; 
when, after considerable effort v/e have succeeded in findinr the anplicants jobs 
in keeninp v/ith their abilitv, and as rood as the rresent financial strin.'^encv 
perm.its, then, instead of beinr hif^hly prateful for the temporary respite^ many 
of these people have shov^n dissatisfaction. They have made the most outrax^eous 
demands and have refused to work rather than accept a low ware. Then they annoy 


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II D 8 Illinois ^taats-^.eitunr, T'ar, B, 1879. 

us nnew v;ith supplications and complaints • 

**In this connection v;e raay al:-^© add that there is a rreat demand for maid 
servants, but v;e rarely find /^irls \\tio v.ill accept such work, and therefore 
v/e cannot satisfy/ the many requests from prospective employers. 

''One case, involvinp^ lost bag.rraf'e, was brourht to our attention, and we took 
action to locate it. 

^♦Last year 7?^3 r>ersons called at our office — 5^3 men qnd 190 women. Of these 
723 applicants, 209 asked for help, 257 wanted -employment and 165 renuested 
advice and assistance. 

'^Ca.ih v;as T)aid in 50 instances; 46 people v/ere piven room and board for a short 
period; and employment was obtained for 83 persons. '7e received 62 letters and 
mailed 452. 


^'Chas. :^.ndres, Agent.** 




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II r 8 Illinois ^taats-Zeitunr , T'nr. 8, 1879, 

In the report of the Arran^emsntr, Comnittee, Claussenlus, the Consul, declared 
that prospects for the Society* s benefit performance, on Ilarch 16, are very 
favorable, and that success appeals assured, provided that everyone co-or-erates 


' J 


Illinois Staats-Zeitung , Mar. 8, 1879 • 


There was a good attendance yesterday afternoon at the first annual meeting 
of the Deutsche Frauen Verein (German Ladies* Axixiliary) of the German 
Society. The meeting was presided over by Mrs. Hedwig Voss, who has proved 
to be a most capable leader. The minutes of the meeting were read by 
Miss Clara Schneider, the secretary, who then submitted the following 
report of the Auxiliary's activities during the past year: 

^A year ago today the German Society appealed to German women, young and 
old, to organize an auxiliary which was to be a branch of the Society. 

•♦On March 7, 1878, fourteen ladies met in response to this appeal, and 
they arranged a meeting eight days later to complete their plans for organi- 
zation. On this occasion the various officers were elected: Mrs. Marie 
Hessert, president; Mrs. Julie Butz, vice-president; Mrs. Marie Lassig, 
treasurer; and Miss Clara Schneider, secretary. 



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Illinois Staats-Ze itirng , Mar, 8, 1879. 

**Later, in May, an election was held, and with the exception of the presi- 
dency, which was filled by Mrs. Eedwig Voss, all other offices were filled 
as in the temporary election, 

'•During the year, fourteen executive and sixteen general sessions were held* 

••The Auxiliary gave three afternoon entertainments and distributed presents 
to poor children during a Christmas celebration, 

••The Auxiliary now has 288 members. The reports of the treasurer, and 
the statements of the agent^epresentative in chargeT", ^^ *^® German 
Society indicate the Auxiliary's value during its short existence, and 
tell of funds which have been collected, and of the number of friendless 
and abandoned persons vAiom the club has rescued, and helped to become useful 
members of society again, 

••It is possible that an occasional undeserving person might have been given 


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Illinois Staats-Zeltung, Mar, 8, 1879. 

aid, but such cases were rare; after all, even with great care such things 

cannot be prevented. vVhoever wants to be convinced of the effectiveness 

of the German Society need only spend an hour at the Society* s office, ^ 

where human misery presents itself in its most wretched aspects, and it 3* 

will be seen that assistance is promptly provided there — commensurate, of ^ 

course, with the available funds. ^ 



^1 do not believe that it is an exaggeration to declare that our city has 2 
few benevolent societies which act in a more direct manner, or which can ^ 
show greater results in their efforts to relieve human suffering. 

**Our Auxiliary can look with pride upon the accomplishments of the past 
year. The teachings of genuine Christianity are embodied in our activity, 
and evBiry member should try ardently to foster the growth and prosperity 
of our association." 

The treasurer, Mrs. M. Lassig, gave the following report: 


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Illinois Staats-Zeltung, Mar. 8, 1879. 

•♦I consider it proper — since this is our anniversary — to give a brief report 
on our receipts of the past year. 

•'In accordance with our bylaws, a detailed accoiint will be submitted at 
the general meeting in l!ay; therefore, the members will kindly report all 
contributions before that time. 

'♦Thus far six hundred dollars has been donated to the German Society; this 
amount includes contributions, and entertainments at the Turner Halle and 
at Clemens* Garden. I shall turn over another one hundred dollars to the 
German Society within the next weeki S 

•♦In addition to this amount, our receipts during the Christmas celebration 
amounted to ^347. 50. 

^The above axnounts, including $100 which was sent to the South, show a 



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Illinois Staats-Zeitung, IJar. 8, 1879. 

total of $1,147.50, and if all outstanding collections are brought in, our 
fund will amount to nearly $1,200,^ 

Mrs. Maria Werkmeister, the delegate to the executive board of the German 
Society, submitted the following statement, which is a report of the past 


''Our Auxiliary was founded a year ago, and so it may be of interest to the 
ladies who have worked so zealously in behalf of the German Society to ^ 

leam more about the activity of the organization. As the Auxiliary's 
delegate to the German Society, I considered it my duty to study the books 
to obtain accurate information concerning the amount of money spent for 
charity during the year. I am now happy to present proof of your highly 
successful endeavors. 

"Through our activity we were able to make a cash payment of seven hundred 
dollars to the German Society. That this seven hundred dollars was not 

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Illinois Staats-Zeitung, Mar. 8, 1879. 

the final result of all our efforts is shown by the receipts of the Christmas 
festival, as well as by the contribution of one hundred dollars which was 
later distributed to the poor, and by another donation of the same amount 
which was sent to sick people in the South. 

''I do not believe that the ladies would like to make public either the 
names of those persons who obtained aid, or of those who recommended cer- 
tain people to the German Society, as that would be humiliating to all 
who received help from us. I am sure that our members will be satisfied 2 
to know that each lady has helped to relieve the suffering of the needy, oo 
I stated in a former report that the German Society had made arrangements :^ 
with a boardinghouse for the care of poor and homeless people. A card ^ 
given to applicants entitles them to free lodging for a night and one 
meal. This single charitable act entailed an expenditure of .;ii380.26 last 
year. Coal given to the poor in the past twelve months has cost $95.63; 
donations of money, involving 381 cases, families and single people, 
amounted to $1,172.22. The German Society's total contributions to charity 


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Illinois Staats-Zeltung , Mar* 8, 1879, 

from March 1, 1878, to March 1, 1879, were $1,648.11. 

•^During the past year the ladies have undoubtedly been convinced that all 
my activities in behalf of the Auxiliary have been prompted by one thought: ^ 
To help our association and work in its interests. Therefore I assume that ^ 
you have no misgivings about my statements. I assure you that I am con- ^ 
vinced that the suspicions which have been directed toward the German Society <^ 
are unwarranted; the administration of the Society is most capable and 5 
irreproachable • Other assistance given by the Gennan Society, vshich 2 

involves no monetary donations, but vftiich depends on the agent ♦s connections ^ 
with other benevolent institutions, need hardly be mentioned, as the monthly 
reports of the agent fully cover this phase. Nevertheless, I must say 
that even if the German Society were to provide no direct relief, the help 
given to itinerant and local friendless, homeless Germans, stamps the 
Society as truly benevolent. 

I sincerely hope that the ladies will be successful in their efforts to 



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Illinois Staats-Zeitimg , Mar, 8, 1879. 

enlist the co-operation of every Chicago German, for only in this way will 
it be possible to be effective in combating poverty in the future." 

The secretary then read the following letter: 

♦'Chicago, Feb. 20, 1879, 

"To the Executive Committee of the German Ladies Club: In viev/ of your 
activities, the Administrative Board of the German Society wishes to express 
its profound gratitude to the Deutsche Frauen Verein for the conscientious, 
effective work performed by your organization, and also for the active 
support given to our Society. 

"The extent of your assistance to us in making it possible to meet requests 
for aid within the past year is known only to those who have seen the many 
poverty-stricken people; therefore we feel obligated to recognize and coimnend 
the Deutsche Frauen Verein for its splendid work. 



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Illinois Staats-Zeltung . Mar. 8, 1879. 

^As poverty and distress will probably endure forever, your club should 
never cease its beneficent work.... 

^He are confident that mankind will bless your club and recognize it as a 
lasting creation sjnnbolizing the humanitarian- spirit of our German women. 

**iVe hope that the present friendly relations betv;een the two associations 
will continue, and that we will be able to work together with even greater 

''Very respectfully, 

•^The German Society, 

**Geo. Schneider, president, 
•'Max iCberhardt, secretary. *♦ 



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Mrs» Toss then spolce briefly, thanking the members for their co-operation. 
She also told the assembly that her detailed annual report will be submitted 
at the general meeting in May. 

The club then became interested in other subjects. Finally a suggestion 

that members thereafter discuss matters freely at the end of a session was 

accepted. The ladies H. Raster, A. Kirchhoff , and V/. irVerkmeister were 

nominated as members of a committee to judge the debates. The subject at ^ 

the next meeting will be ^American Womens* Clubs ''. 



Mrs. C. Butz said that she had visited the Sewing Club of L!rs. Haas on r^ 

Chestnut Street, where twenty-eight ladies were busy sewing. Mrs. V/erkmeister 
was of the opinion that the founding of a sewing circle was still beyond the 
present means of the Auxiliary, and so the proposal was not discussed further. 

Adjournment followed. 

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Illinois Staat8-Zeitung« Mar. 6, 1879. 


The German Society will give a concert under the direction of Professor 
Koelling, conductor of the Germania Maennerchor> at KcVicker's Theater, 
Sunday, March 16, The fact that McVicker*s Theater was selected for the 
occasion shows that a generous response is expected, and the Society will 
not be disappointed* 

The German Society is an indispensable institution. It protects German 
iirmigrants by safeguarding them from "confidence*' men and from fraud 
(our ever-present peril), and, in so far as possible, by helping arrivals 
to reach their destinations; also, when necessary, shelter and jobs are 
provided here. The Society also gives aid to destitute German families 
residing in the city. The organization is active in fostering migration 
to the Northwest~an important phase in Chicago's development — and in 
maintaining German culture. 

C ' 



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Illinois Staat8->Zeitung> Mar. 6, 1879. 

Everyone knows that regairdless ot the large sums spent/^y public agenciesT" 
for benevolent purposes—money derived from taxation — , private philan- 
thropy finds a large field here. The German Society has accomplished 
much, and could have been even more successful if it had obtained more 
liberal support. 

The Society needs funds urgently, and the proposed concert is one of the g 

means whereby its depleted coffers may be filled again. 


Let us hope, therefore, that our German citizens will be generously inclined ^ 
when a ticket vendor calls. There should be no vacant seats in McVicker's 
Tlieater on the evening of the concert. 


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Aftor the tre-as\irer, ":inist Iruessin/:, subi.iitted the fin-uicial -iccount, the 
^resident re-uestcd the -ic-cnt of the Socioty to - ivo the nonthly report. 
It 'V'iS r.ccerted ';.nd recoinondcd for ;^)ubliC'.tion. 

Tlien C'u:,Q the stateriont of the cor.j:ittce on a propo3ed G:itert--.ini.iont. 
resGrs. Claussenius, hettich, and Beiersdorff, v;ho composed the coi.jnittee, 
s-id tiiat . r. l.cVicher had r^ladly offered the free use of his theater to 
the O-orr-an -ociety for Lhe entort-aimont , -nd that a splendia evcainc 


The ::xec\itivo "^oard of the Geman Society held its monthly rioctinr: yester- ^^ 

day. The follo'/inr rontlencn v;ere -aresent: hessrs. Schneider, Pruesainc, P [ 

Clausaenius, '.. L'ahn, Iiettich, Soirsdorff, Lotz, and Dr. hin::ol. ^I^ j 


The session v:as opened by the r)resident, r. Scliueider. Due to the absence 

of :'r. "Jberhardt, :,;r. CJ-rl Lotz v;as elected secretary pro ten. g 



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performance had been arranced for, to be e:iven during the early part of 
Ilarch. That the first part of the entertainment v/ould be a concert; the 
second feature, an operetta. The coniinittee emphasized the fact that 
nonmenbers had oblicincly consented to collaborate v/ith them. 

Adjournment followed. 


The secretary v;as instructed to express the c^atitude and appreciation of 

the Executive Board to the I/idies* Aid, for their exceptional activity in ^ 

behalf of the Society. 

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Rj:PCRT 0? CIL\HLHi3 jlIIDRilo, TIIJ :J0r.A72 OF Tim 

GiiHiijj sooTjrr FOR j.^]u;u?i<", I879 

As a result of the intonse cold ;-rGvailin£- duriiv; tlie past month, domands upon 
the /oeri^n/' Society wore greater than in December, as the ap tended licures 
will show, and this brought about a di ''f icult situation, since our funds v;ere 
aLnost entirely depleted. V/e provided assistance only in tha most urgent r^ 
cases, after extensive investigation proved that dire v;ant prevailed. ^ 


The C. P. and ... Society /anicago Relief and Aid Society {?jj at present gives ^ 
aid only to needy T3eoT)le :ho suffered losses in the Chicago conflagration, and 3 
very rarely are other per.^ons considered. This, in turn, increased applica- ^— 
tions for help at our office. Aside from this, t:i3 county administration de- ^^ 
cided that it could ^-ive heln onl'/- to i:)ersons v;ho had been residents in the -^ 


county for l\ year, and this leaves to the Gerriian Society all persons v;ho have 
not lived here for the rsquirod length of time. 

It would be desirable if the attoiition of our more prosperous aermans could be 

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Illinois 3taats-::oltun-, jeb. lb, 1879. 

aroused to the fact t"iat .vitliout adoquate intorast and. help on their Tor^rt, the 
Geman Society i/ill not b.) ir- :; ^OGition to continue incIeTinitel"^ to fulfill 
its task in a '^ro.^or Manner. If in cuGon, the d::-Gired help to the impo- 
verished was not I'orthconin^, it '^lur.t b-; rerienbcrod tliat it is not t:ie fault 
of the Gerrjrai "oci^t;; v;hich, after all, is li .it j ; b;^ to noney ;t its dispe^al 
— ::ioney v/liich qogg not increase of its o.;n acccra, and ..aicii :aust be renlen- 
ished b- our CroriTian countr:Tien -./ho are i:'ibued /ith a sense of res-oonsibility to 
tiie co'inunit'.^ and -.-ho have a "^hilanthroTDic altitude, so t::at tlie Gor.ian 3ociet".^ 
nay function in eve *:" case that corus .;ithin its jarisuietion. 

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.Mecjise oi oae iocie 


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of fund^ 

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iusti.'ied exaectation that in- 

aif^rition vill increase considor^abl'- t'lis ye..r, it is ciesiroa that our local 

Gor.ians tahe a .aore active interest in our Jooioty, since this v/oald enable us 
DroDerl'" to fulfill the denr.nds ..■lich v;ill be made of us v/ithin the next fev; 

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Statistics about our activity durinr: the t.;o jiiontlis, J.-\nuary mu Decerioer, are 


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Illinois :Jtaat3-Zoitiirj- , ?ob. 15, 1>:79. 

riven here. The nirib-^r of calls rj;;isoerod -.t our o.Ticj in J"anu:ir7 v/ere 79:3; 
in Decenber, 7':6; .^>ho.:in;': an increase or 66 "or J'.nu-r;''. In Januar:^ 49C nen 
re^istervid, ^md in I^ecenb^r; 491, an of 7 for'. ./orun .;ho 
30u:'lit aid at our office nunbered ^94 in J'^nuir:^ :3o5 in locoribor; an increase 
of 59 for J-muar:.'. 

In Januar;' there were 18 employers, in December, 34; a decrease of 16. v^ 


In J*anu .r;- 223 ner-jons -s-red for en'^lora-ient , in Deco:iber 243; a decrease of 20 r^ 
for Janu-iy. /e secured lobs for 90 persons in J nuary, and for 76 in December. ^ 

In J'lnuar:' an increase of 31 v/is noted anon^^ rersons askin:-: for advice and <., 
assistance in various ruitters; in January there v/ere 269 and in December 238. rJ 
cases in this classification. o. 

A complaint about lost bac^^age was presented last month, which v/as settled to 
the satisfaction of the persons concerned. 

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Tho following nunbor of people aslcod for -lid: In Jinuar:', 295 persons; in 
Decembar 281; an increase of 15 for Jamuii*:'-. /jnonc tliose there v;ero 3 in 
Januar^v'- and 2 in Decombor .:ho sou^Tht hosDital adr.iittance. lledical aid v/as 
requested by 3 in Janur.ry and liI:o iso by 3 in Decembjr. Here .;e v/ould like 
to repeat that the G'3r::ian Society/ can provide free nedical treatment and 
medicine to destitute sick persons throu^^ the courtesy of a na^.bar of our 
most oroninent physicians and drUi'::cists. Free medicine v;as asked for and 
received oj 5 persons in Januar^r and by 4 in December. 

In Januarj^ we received requests from 10 persons for free railroad fare; in 
December, 8 asked for such assistance. In January" 31 persons usked us to pay 
part of thair railroad fare; in December, 22. 

The German Society f^ave coal to 22 poor families in January and to 15 in 
Decemb3r; the ex-oense was defrayed b-*^ our Society. 

Lodging and board v;as {^iven to 59 immigrants and homeless persons in Januarj^; 




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in December, 38. 

Our total expenditures in December ./ere v;r:340.10; in Januar:.'-, .^354.47; an in- 
crease of ..)114.37 in the latter month. s* 




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II D 3 Illinois Staats-Zeltung> Jan. 4, 1879. 



The Ereoutive Board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft (German Society) at Its 
regular monthly session yesterday, considered the quarterly report of the 
city collector and the monthly report of the agent. The former showed that 
of the outstanding accounts^ amounting to $367,759 $339.75 had been collected. 
The report of the agent follows: 


•^During the past month the old year came to an end, a cold, bitterly cold ^ 
departure, particularly for the poor and the destitute. Therefore, requests 
for aid and support were more numerous than In former months. Of course we 
cannot give to all applicants; our meager means do not permit It; neverthe* 
less, only a few were refused. It Is highly desirable that additional funds 
be procured to combat distress which will prevail within the next three months. 

*nLast month 247 persons sought help and we gave donations, etc., amounting to 
$240.10. Altogether 763 persons called at our office seeking help of some kind. 

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'This is the worst season for the great mass of our unemployed. Only 
18 employers hired people, while 203 jobless persons applied for work; we 
oould place a mere 39. ^ 

^He procured hospital acceptance for 17 poor, sick people and provided means ^ 

for temporairy room emd board to 43 persons. ^ 

•♦Immigration, as usual at this time, presents a very weak figure, so there g 

were only 200 arrivals of mixed nationalities in Chicago. Only a few of go 

this contingent settled in the city; most of them continued their journey £^ 

Mr# Beiersdorf f in submitting his committee report anent the arrangements 
for an entertainment, showed that the negotiations with Mr. Liesegang involv- 
ing the production of an opera or concert have not yet reached the final 
stage, but satisfactory results are expected within a few days. 


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II D 3 Illinois Staats-Zeitung , Jan. 4, 1879 • 


About ten new membership applications were in evidence, and steps 
have been taken to boost the ebbing cash resources— -a temporary measure 
at least* 


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Illinois Staat8-Zelt\m|g , March 15, 1878 


(The Ladies' Society of the German Aid Society) 

The German Tfomen's Society of Chicago, which changed its name to Ladies' 
Association of the German Aid Society, held another meeting yesterday 
afternoon in the director's room at the office of the German Aid Society. 

Then a constitution of fourteen paragraphs, lAiich had heen worked out by a 
committee of five memhers, was read to the meeting and adopted by acclamation. 
The following permanent officers were elected: 

Mrs, Dr. Heffert, president 
Mrs. A, But 2, vice-president 
Mrs. E. Lassig, treasurer 
Mrs. Dr. Bluthardt, secretary 
Mrs. Dr. Matthei, organizer 
Mrs. Dr. Hotz, organizer 
Mrs. H. Claussenius, organizer 

Whereupon the meeting adjourned. 


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Illinois 3taat8-Zeitung , March 9, 1878 


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The Germans and German- Americans of Chicago have noticed for quite a while that 
the German Aid Society is not able to master the unemployment situation and 
the urgent need among the poorer elements of the German settlement. 

Therefore a large group of prominent German women developed a plan tc form a 
German Women's Society, which will have the purpose of cooperating with 
the old German Aid Society in handling all social work programs for assistance 
to needy German families and individuals* 

The first meeting of the group took place yesterday afternoon in the office of 
the German Aid Society and was presided over by Consul Heinrich Clausenius, 
who introduced Mr. Georg Schneider, president of the Gernian Aid Society, as the 
first speaker. The latter explained in detail a new social aid program, 
whereupon the meeting adjourned until next Wednesday afternoon. 


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Illinois itaats^Zeitung t Nov. 16, l876» 

The German Relief Society to the Publics 

In order to spare the public a collection in these bad times and yet to 
secure sufficient meajis for coming winter^ the board of directors will 
organize a theatrical production for that purpose* It will thus be made 
easy for everyone to fulfill the obligations we have towards our poor fellow 
country men and immigrants* But the purpose can be attained with such small 
contributions only through a general participation. On account of that we 
hope that every German, even those who have never contributed a cent, will 
buy at least one ticket in order to support the only public interdenomi- 
national charitable institution. Many drops make an ocean* 

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Illinois Staats Zeltung, T hursday, SeDtember 7f 1876. 


The two last months in general did not offer much of anything of interest* 
The number of enialoyment seekers of the various vocations is still great, 
and can clearly he contributed to the city*s badly afflicted business 

By order of our President your agent visited a few hospitals of this city, 
as well as the Poorhouse and the Insaae Asylum in Jefferson, first of all, 
to determine the total of Germans, and secondly, if perhaps cases are at 
hand in which the German Society could be helpful* The first visit called 
for the St* Joseph Hospital* •• the next visit was to the^'Alexlaner Hospital" 
on North Pranklyn Street, one block South of North Avenue* The same does 
not differ very much in size and space from the St. Joseph Hospital* It 
is managed by l6 Brethren, calling themselves "Alexiania Brothers". 

When completed, also 200 sick can find accommodations. At this time there 
were about 35 patients, also every nationality was represented. About one 
third were Germans* 

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Illinois Staat3"Zeit\mg > Dec. 24, 1875. 


The Deutsche Gesellschaft (The German Society), or rather its executives, 
have discarded the recent plan for raising funds, since the public was not 
in favor of it. The Society therefore makes a general appeal and vre hope 
that thousands of favorable answers will be received. 

Anyone who is able to provide an enjoyable Christmas for his own family 
should add to the festive spirit by thinking of the poor, and should help 
them by contributing as n^uch as his resources permit. 

Appeal of the Deutsche Gesellschaft 

"Since the Chicago fire in 1871, the Deutsche Gesellschaft has found it 
necessary not only to help immigrants but also to give support to desti 
tute Chicago Germans. 

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IV Illinois Staat3>Zeit\mg > Dec* 24, 1875* 

"In Chicago, with its large aerman population, many people are urgently 
in need of help — particularly in the winter — but such assistance is not 
always obtainable frox the authorities in charge of aiding the poor, nor 
from other social welfare societies. In all these exceDtional cases the 
Deutsche Gresellschaft is regarded as the only welfare association for Ger- 
mans, and it is expected — and rightly so — that the Society will help. 
And, besides, Chicago is the central point in the great railway route 
between the East and the //est; hence many of the poorest immigrants remain 
here in search of help, 

"The Germans of Chicago have always regarded it as a humane duty to provide 
the Deutsche Gesellschaft v;ith the necessary means for carrying on its 
philanthropic work, and undoubtedly will be generous in giving again, 

"The main sources of income for the Deutsche Gesellschaft were the annual 
fairs, balls, etc., but the work and expense v/hich such performances en- 
tailed were far out of proportion to the proceeds derived from them. 

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IV Illinois Staat3-Zeit\mg , Dec. 24, 1875. 

Moreover, it was always the same small number of charitable men and women 
who gave the necessary money to the Deutsche Gesellschaft each year, and 
the same humane individuals who labored so arduously to garner the contri- 
butions — while a large part of the prosperous German citizenry donated 
but little, or nothing .vhatsoever. 

''The Executive Board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft has therefore decided 
to ask all Germans to subscribe specific amounts periodically or to make 
voluntary contributions. 

":Ve append an estimate of our regular yearly income and expenditures, in 
order to show what sum will be needed for support of the poor: 

'^Regular contributions per year, about $1,700.00 

Interest per year 1,500.00 

Total: $3,000.00 

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Illinois 3taat3-Zeitung> Dec. 24, 1875. 



r^. ^."t \ 

Expenditures per Year: 

Salary of agents and collectors 

Office rent 

Office expenditures, about 

Total : 



'*Sums for aid (the money for this purpose was derived from special incomes) 
were exDended as follows: 

In the year 1872 to 1873 

If n n 1873 ri 1874 
n n tf 1874 r» 1375 

Total : 





4f 17, 785.69 

Thus the average yearly expenditure for aid was $5,928.33 

"As the regular receipts of the Society only suffice to cover expenses, it 

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IV . Illinois Staats-Zeitung, Dec. 24, 1875. 

is obvious that ^6,000 must be raised this year to provide money for aid# 

"The Executive Board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft therefore asks you to 
help us by subscribing to a regular yearly donation, which also entitles 
you to membership, or to give a voluntary contribution of any suitable 

"We ask you to fill out and sign the circular we are sending you; also to 
give your home or business address; and then to return the circular by 
mail to the secretary of the Society. 

Th view of the philanthropic attitude of our German fellow citizens, we 
are confident that they will be generous, and will provide the Deutsche 
Gesellschaft with the necessary means for continuing its charitable activi 

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IV Illinois Staats-Zeitung , lec. 24, 1875. 

^Tbe Executive Board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft is as follows: George 
Schneider, president; H. Claussenius, vice-president; Chs. Knobelsdorff , 
treasurer; Directors: Adolph ^choeninger, . ...^ine names are listed alto- 

Max ^berhardt, secretary* 

Southwest Corner Randolph and Canal Streets.'^ 







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II D 5 Per ?/esten (Sunday Edition of Illinois Staats-Zeitung ) , 

Dec, 5, 1875. 


The German Society held its recular monthly meeting tv/o days ago. The agent *s 
^representative of the Societ^ report for the month of November 1875 was 
read and accepted. 

'^Considering the present depleted cash reserves of the Society it is a very 
fortunate coincidence that the v;inter has been mild so far; otherv/ise the 
Society would hardly have been able to do anything for destitute Germans. 
The favorable weather still permits building operations and that provides 
an income for a large number of people. This also became evident^in our 
office, since an increase of only one hundred people ^needing aic[/ was noted 
over the number of last month's applicants. In November there were 568 
persons asking for assistance; in October, 468 sought help; whereas in 
November, 1874, 850 unemployed people called at our office • 

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II D 3 Per V/esten (Sunday Edition of Illinois Staats-Zeitung ) , 

Dec. 5, 1875* 

''This year the people did not ask so much for financial aid; most of them 
wanted employment; there were also a large number of homeless and unemployed 
single people who asked for temporary shelter or railroad fare in the hope of 
finding jobs elsewhere, 

**Re<^arding the various impoverished and destitute innirrant families v/hich, 
arrived here, only a few — the most desperate cases — could be given room and 
board from the Society* s funds; the remainder were referred to the county 
for the alleviation of their immediate needs, 

**Your agent obtained assistance from the R, and Aid Society /^Translator's 
note: The expression is abbreviated as shown; probably "Relief and Aid 
Society" is meant7 in the form of cash, railroad tickets, blankets, clothing, 
etc. It is very difficult to allocate jobs in the city; unemployed people 
are everywhere present in great numbers; but there are Ltill profitable 

openings for farm labor. ^'^^WPi ^) 

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li D 3 Per V/esten (Sunday Edition of Illinois Staats^-Zeitung ) . 

Dec. 5, 1875. 

*^\ltogethe^ 568 persons applied at our office for aid during November, 
450 men and 118 women ; there were also 253 v;ho wanted jobs. Only 26 
employers called and therefore no more than 68 persons could be given 

'^Support was given by the county afj^ent in 42 cases /^and b^7 the Relief 
^nd Aid Society ('Jy in 28 instances; and free transportation was provided 
in 2 cases. Your a -ent succeeded in inducing various railroad companies to 
give reduced rates to destitute persons. I'he reductions sometimes aiaounted 
to one half of the regular fare and affected 16 applicants. 

*'The German Society made siaall cash donations in 9 cases, and in 19 instances 
involving innigrants, we provided temporary funds for room and board. 

"Two patients v/ere sent to the hospital and to the German Dispensary. 

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II D 3 Per V/esten (Sunday Edition of Illinois Staats-Zeitung ) , 

Dec. 5, 1875. 

"■7e received 38 letters and mailed 43. 


'^Charles r^ndres." 

The report of the s- cretary of the Cre rri'^n .'-Society rives rm account of receipts and 
expenditures for the month of Ijoverriber, 1875: 


Surplus from last month, .pl41.10 

Regular contributions, 225  7b 

Total .366.85 


Aid, salary, office expenditures, etc. :;p274.28. 

Surplus, 92.57 

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Per V/esten (Sunday Edition of Illinois Staats-Zeitung ) > 

Dec. 5, 1875. 


"Max Eberhardt, Secretary*" 


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Illinois Staats-Zeitung , Sept. S, 1875, 


The question of v;hat is to be done with the proceeds of next Monday *s old 
settlers* picnic has often been raised. Some su^ested that the fund to be 
obtained should be given to the Oerman f/i^£/ Society; others believed that 
the money ought to be donated to the orphans* home, but it appeared that 
such a disposition of the expected funds v/ould not be favorabl-r received and 
therefore other proposals v;ere considered. 

Peter Volf offered the following solution v;hich, in our opinion, should find 
general approval. 

He said that thare are many old settlers and widows of old settlers in Chicago 
v/ho eke out a mere existence — people v;ho never v/ere able to acquire con- 
siderable we-ilth, and v;ho v;ere robbed by Chicigo's great conflagra- 
tion of the meager possessions they had aco aired daring former years. 

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Illinois 3tar:ts-Zeitunn , Sept. 8, 1875 • 

He j/pr. \^iolf7 and, undoubtedly, many others, kno.v of r.uch a^ed v/cnen, v/Iio 
barelv sUDiDort theinselvos frorr. ths T:)roducts of their small gardens. 

IIow about givinp; the proceeds fron the next picnic to these people? Suppose 
these women ■vere at the picnic and the distribution tool: plr.ce then cind 

The suggestion is feasible. Many of these poor people v/ould -^reatlv appreciate 
a fev/ dollars, and the mone:" v/ould prove ver:'' helpful, .ve recoiaiaend this 
proposal to the Committee on .irrangerients and hope that they consider it. 

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The O-emrLn Society of Chiciro rives free idvice, i^.rorriation, and aid to -ill 
iruiicrants fron ^^x^vrr^n^r ^ .ISMce-Iorraine, ;."ustri:i, and ov/itzerland, 

linployers are requested to ::otif7 the Jociety oi* viicmcies. 

Office location: 51 and 53 .^outh La oalle street. Lffi£e hours: Jaily ei'ccept' 
inc Sundays, f ror.i 9 to 1.'' ... :.. and fror. 1 i. :.. to. •. ./translator's note: 
number ooliteratedy. i..-x ..hcrhardt, 3ecr-:?tary. Lffice in the Teutonia Build- 
inf:; Chas. i^ndres, ayent. 

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Illinois Staats-Zeitun^^ , June 2, 1875* 



A man of discernnent and good judgment who spends an hour in an office 
v/here German immigrants are given advice, inforiiiation, and all con- 
ceivable assistance, will fully comprehend the exacting business to 
which the gentlemen have dedicated themselves. 

Anyone vzho has never had an opportunity to see the activity of such a 
German Society at close range (I am speaking at the moment of the German 
Society of Chicago, althoxigli others may have more or less similar obli- 
gations) will not be able to \inderstand what a v/ide range of services 
the gentlemen perfona for imraigrants. 

They deal mostly v/ith the lov/er strata of the German population, which 

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Illinois Staats-Zoitiing , June 2, 1875. 

increases the difficulties of their labor, and, because of the great num- 
bers of immigrants arriving, money and other types of resources are insuf- 
ficient to provide everyone with the assistance v;hich he feels he should 
have, but nevertheless one can only express the higliest praise for the 
friendly politeness sho\yn and the readiness to be of service. 

How many thousands of iiamigrants have found a berth shortly after landing 
because of the efforts of this or that German Society? How many thousands 
have been given financial assistance and have been saved from a death of 
starvation by the intervention of the Society? 

But how fev; there are, v;ho evor thouglit of returning the money and ad- 
vances after succeeding and enjoying better circumstances I Indeed, there 
are only a handful who really prove grateful and make restitution, and in 
this way take thou^jht of other unfortunates who are now facing the saiae 
conditions which once confronted theml 



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Illinois Staat3-Zeituiig: > June 2, 1875 • 

V/e often talk of social problems vAien v;e liave time. Vfliy not remember 
those who minister to German immigrants?. •• 

If ever an institution deserves recognition for its accomplishments in 
the field of social service, our German Societies certainly should re- 
ceive it* •••^^ansla tor's note: The editor added a postscript con- 
curring in the opinion of the contributor and, as it represents virtual- 
ly a repetition of the article, it lias not been translated_^ 




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IV Illinois Staats-Zeitung , Jan. 9, 1875. 

Fair Connittee Reports 

The regular nonthly neetint^ of tlie executive board of the German Society m 

of Chicago was held yesterday afternoon, at 5 o^clocl:, at the offices of 5 

the organization, 51-53 LaSalle otreet. Tlie follov/ins menbers v/ere pre- ^ 

sent: A. Schoeninger, L. 2berhardt, Charles Ijiobelsdorff , A. Loeh, J. C 

Huhn, H. Eaarbleicher, IP. Lackner, 'J. Hettioh, H. Claussenius, A. Erbe, '^ 

J* Beyersdorf, G. Schneider, and H. Snderis, o 


IJr. Schoeninger acts as chairman, ijr. Eberhardt as secretary, and L!r. C3 
Khobelsdorff as treasurer. ^ 

The minutes of the the last laeetin^. of Lhe board were approved as read. 

According to the report of the treasurer, the Society had a balance of 
«ip62.56 in its treasury on January 1, 1375. 

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IV Illinois Staats-Zeitiin g> Jan. Q, 1875 • 

Then the secretaiy read the follov/ing report on the receipts and dis- 
bursements of December, 1374: 

Receipts 5 

Balance Novenber 30th, 1874, s?88B.22 F 

Receipts during December 221 > 79 ^ 

Total #1,110.01 3 

Disbursements ,3 

Support of immigrants § 88.50 

Board and lodging for needy immigrants 92.85 

Salaries . 240.00 

Relief of local indigents 526.00 

Rent and office supplies 75.00 

mscellaneous 21.70 

Total $1,047. 45 ^ic7 

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IV Illinois Staats-Zeitung , Jan. 9, 1875 • 

Balance $62.56 

Agent *s Report 

Although the press reported that imLiigration from Surope had decreased 
greatly during the past year, and one night expect, therefore, that only 
a few applicants for assistance had visited our office during the raonth 
of December, the deduction is erroneous; in the past few months there 
were many calls for aid. As natters turned out, the financial condition 
of many v/ho arrived here f roii GeiTiiany lately was such that they were 
obliged to ask for help as soon as the3^ arrived in Chicago. In fact, a 
great number caiae to our office directly fron the depot. 

v7e noticed especially that applications for assistance by women v;ere 
unusually nionerous; the najority of these ladies clained that they 
had been deserted by their husbands. Even though we investigated each 
case thoroughly, it was impossible to determine whether or not evervone 


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of these applicants told the truth. 

Your agent was so busy caring for tlie needs of local indigent Geimans 
that the collector of the Society had to assist hini in hi?^ work, every- 
day durin^, the past month in order to do justice to all applicants. Al- 
though the Genaan Society of Chicago was called upon to help nanj^ neody 
Chicago Gerrians who were neglected by othrr societies during this winter, 5 
and to aid nany others who could not obtain assistance from other sources, 
yet a comparison of December, 1873 with December, 1374 reveals that the 
financial situation of the poor class, especially of laborers, is better 
during this winter than it was last winter. Vftiile 4120 persons, among then 
1714 women, applied for help at our office in December, 1873, there Tirere 
only 1460 applications for assistance in December, 1374, only 576 of then 
by women. In December, 1873, 1554 persons applied to us for employment, 
but only 594 in December, 1874. V/e gave 734 persons cash relief in Decem- 
ber, 1873, while in December, 1874, only 189 persons received this form 
of support. This indicates that the general financial condition has 


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greatly improved during; the past year, and we hope that the fears vjhich 
were expressed at the beginning of this v/intor, and filled the hearts of 
nanj'' charitably inclined people v/ith anxiety, will not be realized. -n 

Follov/ing is a report of our activity for Deceinber, 1374: p 

Letters received 34 ^ 

Letters written 103 r- 

Visits by erxployers 42 

Requests for eiaployinent 594 

Smployrient secured for 122 

Advice and aid given to 203 

Requests for relief 312 

Relief granted to 512 

In conslusion, we are pleased to announce that our Membership increased 
by 73 during the year 1874. 

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IV Illinois Staats-Zeitung , Jan. 9, 1875. 

Charles 2nders 

All reports were adopted and submitted for publication. 

The Fair 

Pursuant to a request made by the president of the G^rr.ian Society of 
Chicago, the executive committee of the Fair made its report. II. 
Eaarbleicher, the secretary of this coiamittee addressed the ma'ibers 
of the executive board of the Society as follows: 

"Ivlr. President: As secretary of t..e executive comriittee of the Fair, 
which was arranged for the support of your honorable Society'-, I have 
the pleasure of reporting that, according to the records of the treas- 
urer of our committee, Llr. C. Degenhardt, a net profit of ^5,834.89 vjas 
realized, llr. Degenhardt will make a detailed report later. 


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IV Illinois Staats-Zeitunc s Jan. 9, 1375. 

"The meribers of the executive coionittee have asked me to express their 

sincere gratitutie to the GerLian citizens of our cit^'* for their partici- ^ 

pation in this Fair v;hich corapares jnost favorably with any similar en- t^ 

terprise that has ever been undertaken in Chicago. ^ 

"V/e also wish to thank the ladies' arrangement coiiiniittee, of X7hich Ilrs. 5 
Bluthardt was chairman and 1;j:s. August Beck secretary, for their ef- 2 
ficient work. Their labors, their zeal, their sacrifice of tirae spent ^ 
in solicitinc money and goods, and their williiigness to co-operate in 
every respect were certainl;r most commendable. 

V/e also thank LIr. A. George, manager of the Tumhalle for the assistcmce 
he rendered during the entire Fair, and also at the raffle. 

Your committee hopes that the money which our treasurer will deliver to 
you, will enable you to carry on your noble work during this v;inter. V/e 
assure you that we made every effort to do what you expected us to do. 


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Very respectfully, ^ 
H. Haarbleicher, >^ 

Secretary. ^ 

This report was also adopted and submitted for publication. 2 


¥x. Charles Degenhardt, treasurer of the Fair committee reported as fol- oj 


Tickets sold by the ladies* committee on October 15 and 16 . • . §3,970.95 

Receipts at bar 1,155.67 

Tickets sold at box office 478.25 

Received from ladies' committee 5,625.97 

Received from societies 347 . 00 

Total ;?9,577.84 

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Net profit of raffle ii824*67 ^ 

Sale of picture of Beethoven 10>00 ^ 

Grand total §10,412.51 ^ 

Disbursements 2 


Goods for bar, restaurant, etc ^1,779.73 oo 

Eall, music, printing, etc 1,797.89 § 

Total ^3,577.62 "^ 

Balance (profit) $6,834.89 

G . Degenhardt , 

G. Schneider, Max Sberhardt, and A. Loeb were appointed to audit the 
Import of the treasurer of the Fair comraittee. 

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IV Illinois 3taat3-Zeitime » Jstn. 9, 1875. 

The officers of the Crenaan Society of Chicago v/ere instructed to thank 

the ladies who worked so diligently to maice the Fair a success, the com- ^ 

mittees, and the German public for its faithfxil support of the enterprise. -^ 

The following letter of grateful aclmowledgement v/as conposed by IJr, "^ 
George Schneider, approved by the executive board and submitted to neviS'- g 

paper reporters for publication: "^ 

"The executive board of the Gen.ian Society of Chicago takes pleasure in ^ 
gratefully acknowledging the efforts of the ladies and girls who so gener- 
ously and faithfully gave of their and efforts tov/ard the success of 
the Fair, and vjithout whose co-operation the gratifying results attained 
would not have been possible. We also express our sincere gratitude to 
those men '.vho served on the various committees and also sacrificed their 
time and efforts in behalf of our charitable iindertaking. 7ve also thank 
the choral societies that did much to attract visitors and entertain them 
during the Fair. And finally we commend the Chicago Turnverein and its 

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IV Illinois Staats-Zeitun^ , Jan. 9, 1875. 

able manager, :ir. A. Georg, for their advice and assistance, and the 
German people of Chicago viho supported the Fair so liberally. 

"A. Schoeninger, President 
'•i:iax Eberhardt, Secretary." 

Finally, the executive board discussed ways and means of checking (curbing) 
the number and extent of the demands for assistance, since the Society 
is not able to meet them. After Much deliberation, the follovdng resolu- 
tion was adopted: 

"Resolved, that the German Society of Chicago will henceforth assist only 
those immigrants who have been in this country no longer than six months, 
excepting in cases of illness or emergency.'* 

Adjournment followed. 



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The constitution of the Gernnn Society of Chicago for the protection of iinmigrant s , 
obliges its president to nake a yearly report of the activities of the German 
Society, George Schneider, the preident, submitted his report which was accepted^ 

The German Society was founded about twenty years ago, at the time of the reaction 
in Germany, Mrfien a great stream of immigration flowed toward the West. The German 
Society was founded to help the immigrants. 

i^lfter the great fire the German Society was combined for a short time with the 
Aid and Relief Society. Y/hen the latter society was dissolved, the Geriaan Society 
broadened its activity, by also taking care of the needy ones. For this reason it 
opened last winter a lodging house for the homeless. 

Worth to be mentioned also is the founding of the German American Dispensary. 

The Irish, spurred on by the example of the German Society of Chicago have founded 
an Irish immigration association. 


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140 SOU 'HI UlJlOii STREET (DECEx.IEER, 1873) 

Today, December 31, 1873 there are 63 persons in the German Home for Needy. 
During the entire month only 310 persons v/ere admitted to the institution. 
They received board and lodging. The aggregate time that they spent at the ^ 
institution was 980 days. Accordingly, the average nuiaber of persons who 
received aid daily was 35. 

Following is a list of inmates classified according to their occupation or pro- 
fession: 14 cabinetmakers, 104 laborers, 10 bookbinders, 3 printers, 1 cork 
cutter, 2 blacksmiths, 1 typesetter, 2 tinners, 9 cooks, 5 coopers, 3 lock- 
smiths, 6 farmers, 3 weavers, 3 moulders, 3 upholsterers, 1 metal winder, 4 
tailors, 8 bakers, 2 mechanical draftsmen, 4 stewards, 2 coppersmiths, 3 
butchers, 7 engineers, 8 artists, 18 bartenders, 1 stoneworker, 4 sailors, 2 
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1 milliner, 1 barber, 1 cobbler, 1 gardener. 

During the past month only one woman was an inmate of the Home, and she re- 
mained only three dayso 

;Ve received gratis the following furniture, furnishings, and utensils: 32 bed- ^ 

steads, 23 mattresses, 16 pillows, 28 woolen blankets, 15 quilts, 18 towels, % 

5 heaters, 2 stoves, 8 tables, 72 chairs, many dishes, and all the kitchen — 

utensils needed at present. f^ 

The institution can give shelter to 300 persons, but until recently we had 
sleeping quarters for only 75 persons. 



By order of the German Society of Chicago we purchased a closed grocery wagon ^ 
and a harness for $70, and Dr. Stromberg presented the Home with a horse. 

The outfit will be used to haul meat, bread, and other donated articles. 

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Illinois ^taats-Zeitung , Jan. 3, 1874, 

Since the value of the provisions on hand in the institution at present is 
only about $300, an employee will call at the various places of business to 
solicit meat, groceries, bread, vegetables, clothing, shoes, coal, etc. 

The donors will record their gifts in a subscription book v;hich the driver of 
the wagon must present. 



The drug department of the institution is under the supervision of iJr. Emil 

Dietzsch and his assistant, Lir. M, Llnffat, and is v/ell supplied. One hundred 

and sixty-three prescriptions were compounded for indigent sick people during ^ 

the month of December. The institution fills only those prescriptions which 

are written by licensed and competent physicians. 




Cleanliness is evident in all departments, and all work is done by inmates. The "^ 
latter receive a meal of bread and coffee in the morning, and in the evening 
soup and meat is served, and vegetables, v;hen they are available. 

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Illinois Staats^Zeitung , Jan. 3, 1874. 

Strict rules or nygiene are observed «at the Home. Every person is bathed and 
otherwise thoroughly cleansed upon admission, and if the Home was supplied with 
clothing to replace dirty garments we could prevent infestation by vermin. 

By order of the Gennan Society of Chicago homeless people will be admitted for 
only three days, and after that time they must file application for readmission. 

The manager has been authorized to act as special policeman for the institution, 
and with the assistance of a city policeman who is stationed at the institution 
from 4 to 10 p. m. , he is able to enforce all rules. 


A. L. Forker, Manager, 
C. Knobelsdorff , Chairman of the Executive Board, 

George Schneider, President, 
The Grerman Society of Chicago. 


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The entire English press talks about the charitable enterprises of the German Society 
and gives, especially much space to the lodging house. It is granted that this form 
of help for homeless immigrants and citizens is unique. The purpose of the German 
Society was to dispense help without shaming the unfortunate by giving him alms or ^ 
making him feel like a beggar. One must not throw homeless people in a cold and ^ 
dirty room. They must not be treated as if they were criminals. ^ 

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papers say that the Germans have started this charitable enterprise because they do £ 

not want their poor ones to become a burden on the '♦Relief and Aid Society.*' This oo 

is not so» The Germans are doing this because they believe that their poor do not !::^ 

receive sufficient consideration from the Relief and Aid Society. If this lack of ^ 
consideration is accidental or not, if it is due to the fact that the administrative 
staff is made up completely of Americans, we do not wish to discuss today. 

But this much is certain, that due to this lack of consideration for their poor the 
Germans had to organize themselves. 

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The members of the '•German Society'* held a meeting* yesterday afternoon in the 
office of the Society, at the corner of La Salle and Randolph Streets, of the 
speech of President George Schneider v/e reproduce the follov/in^:; lines; '"The 
Gerisan Society is the only Genaan non-denominationril relief society in Chicago 
and for that reason deserves the v/armest support of every Gerinan. 

Aside from the duties of my position as President I also have worked in the 
interest of immigration. It is well known bo you that two years ago a conven- 
tion took place at Indianapolis, which Imd as its aim the raising of the im- 
migration question to a national 4uestion, to request the national law making 
body to make of imjiigrants wards of the Republic v/ho have the intention of be- 
coming citizens and to order the steamship companies to treat them decently. 
The convention appointed a committee of which I have the honor to be the Pres- 
ident, and intrusted us to v/ork for the speedy passage of such laws* 

In consequence of conferences. Congressman Fred I.Iyers has introduced a bill to 
that effect. Of course congress proceeds slowly and it v/ill take some time 
before the results will be icade known*" 

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Illinois Staats Zeitun^ t October 24, I872. 

After efforts of almost two months it has finally been possible, (due 
primarily to the assistance of llr. Georg Schneider), to. imoort free of 
duty those books and instruments which have been collected by various 
German universities, from professors, physicians, publishers and 
instrument makers, and have been sent to me with the direction to 
distribute them to those German colleagues who have graduated from 
German universities and have suffered losses from the "Great Fire«" 

Three days after publication of this announcement I will ask Doctors 
Schaller, ^'erkle, Hessert and Jild, to constitute themselves with me 
as a committee and to decide which of the claims are to be regarded as 
valid, and immediately to proceed with the distribution. 

Signed X Dr. Ernest Schmidt 
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C::ic-3.;-o "^A* ;0o , Oct. .3, 1872. 

print in- ani alv jrtisin^, '*!522; bureau :rx:.terial, o32. 7ur:.--ii'rj 19 j^ersons 
received tools that hal b'3^"^n donated ::o zhe value oi' t:200; 21 njrsons re- 
ceived donated furniture :o the value of -^^ISO: ei^ht received dona'^ed meat 
:o oh:e value of '*!4#00; 3CG received donated clothin;; .;o "uhe v^-luo of 53,000. 

The Ger:-an socie"::;' or:y.nized 'oo aid i:n: _in;r:^ nt s fro-:: the fat-erl- nd on the 
inhospitable shores of a stran-^o land, alio -ave its !::ite to^Tird alleviatin?T ^^t 

the sufferinr;s oi the unf orounr^te. Their exr)enditures r^nounted go about 3 

vdCO, "^nich su:."; v/as Yory judiciously exp ^n-: -d, and prob'^.bly did as much real 
-^ood as anv sii'r.ilnr anount T3ai'" out durin- the citv's due necessitv. Tl>e 
>-^uarters of the sccietv^ at present in the <Jlobe The-ter '^uildin^, -./ill move 
to the  etror)olitan 31: ;k in a fev; v;eeks. Georr-e dchneider acts as oresi- 
dent and T\ Tnders as executive laanayer. 



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IV Illinois Staats Zeitun.q;, April 6, 187 2 • 


Mr, Knobelsdorff presents a letter from Ernst Keit of the Gartenlaube in 
Leipzig and a draft over 1,000 Prussian Thalers ($74-0« in gold), collected 
for Germans who have been impoverished by the f ire* 

Mr, Knobelsdorff defended the Germans of Chicago against the charge of 
stinginess. Many German merchants had contr'buted to the non- German 
Relief Committee, sums of $500, The German Society should circulate a 
list, and some eminent Germans, like Mr, Claussenius, Mr. Rosenthal, 
Mr» Hesing, should put their names with $500 at the top, then soon 
enough money would accumulate, Mr, Hesing declared instead of $500 in a 
lump he would like to give $100 annually, Mr, Knobelsdorff said, in this 
case he would give $50 annually. 

The society then elected officials for next year. President, Geo, 
Schneider; vice president. Consul H, Claussenius; secretary. Rev, Guntrum; 
treasurer, Henry 3yroth. 


^^ P ^Q Illinois Staats Zeitung, Apr. 2, 1872. GERMAN 

/^k Victim of the FireJT 

It will bo remembered that on October ^h, in the Sreat Fire, the chimney 
sweep, Franz Heiselmann, a well-known German, who helped most heroically 
people to save themselves and their possessions, lost his life by the 
collapse of a burning house on Division Street, where he tried to save 
a sick woman* Only a few days sigo the carbonated bones of Heiselmann 
were found, and identified by some trinkets he used to carry in his pocket, 
found nearby* The burial took place, Sunday afternoon, a large crowd 
participating in the procession. 

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(Signed by Francis Lackner, President; C, Knobelsdorff , Sec'y#) 

It could not be over-looked that the administration of the Relief and 
Aid Society was almost exclusively in American hands while three-foxxrths 
of the fire victims were Germans a large number of whom were not able 
to speak English* 

The destroyed North Side formed the center of Germandom in Chicago* Here 
the oldest and strongest Turn, singing and shooting associations had 
their home* In many streets Grermans lived, house by house, and one heard 
no talk but German. It was our task to assist these people with aid 
and advice******* 

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Illinois Sta ts Zeltung , Fib 6, 1872, ^ \ 

^^/rELIEF society FOU.\DEDy 

On rel)ruary U, a meeting took place In the restaurant of Mr. Frledrlch 
Busse In order to foiind a society that will "be able to secure cheap credit 
for owners of burnt-down homes In Chicago* Dr« Ullrich presided, Mr« Llmberg 
functioned as secretary and explained the purpose of the meeting* Finally 
a Board of Directors was elected whose names will be atttactlve to foreign 
capital* It reads as follows:- 

A* C. Hesing, Wllhelm Rapp, J. k. Eonlg of the *TTnlon"^ R > Mlchaells of the 
••Frle Presse", H. Claussenlfis, H, Endrls (Swiss Consul) George Schneider, 
C. Knobelsdorff 9 ?• Schattler, John A. Huckt John Btdiler, Henry GreenebanSt 
C. Paesch, J« Rossow, etc# 




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Illinois Staats Zeltung. Jan. 24, 1872* GERUAN 

/ilia: G2RMAN AID S0C3I3T^ ...n- .::;  iP,:. .3ij£7i 

The German Aid Society had about exhausted its means and was forced in the 
last session of its executive to give aid in future only in cases of 
sickness. Yesterday the Society hoirever had the great satisfaction to 
receive $10(X}«00* Mr. 7« Hadlener, 62 W. Lake Street, whose shop is so 
close to headquarters that he can see daily the misery, and Urs. Bemauer, 
the owner of the house of the headquarters of the Society, each gave $500*00 

The gift of Mrs. Bernauer is all the more impressive as she already had 
distributed $1200.00 directly to the fire victims. 

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III .^. Illi nois Sta-ts-Zeitun£, December 25, 1371 ZT^ 1^, 

/tig (yjm.^ R-iLISF ORGxJnJI.^:ATIOI^ ••'^ ^.PA. 2 

A meeting of German citizens was held Thursday at the corner of Si;^el and ^ 
Sedgwick Streets, for the purr^ose of drawing attention to the f-jults and 
inadequacies existing in the relief organization for Gerr^ans of the llorth Side* 
The exceedingly nurerous attendance proved the widesprcp^d dissatisfr.ction* 

The individuals who are charged "by the Relief and Aid Society with the 
distrihution of support are largely iacapahlR of fulfilling their task. 

I}qually ignorant of "both the Crerman language and the special situation on the 
Ilorth Side, they behave like uneducated oeadles (Armenvogte) • . • 

The following memorial was i^resented to the Vayor, day before yesterda2r, "by a 
deputation consisting of Anton Hottinger, Fritz Prillrnann, A. Bischoff, J* 
Hanswirth, T • Bauer, and others* 

.•••"Under the present syster^ of aid and su'orort many people are receiving 
sustenance v/ho are unworthy of any support. On the other hand, people get no 
help ajid no assistance who deserve it and who ax^cording to the intentions of 
those who donated funds for Chicago, should "be helped* 


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Illinoi s Staats-Zeitung, December 25, 1871 

As far as we know only those people are aided by the P.elief and Aid Society 
who own no real e^^tate or other neans, which, even thou{rh sold at ruinous price.^ 
could "be made into money* In other words, those who were without maintenance 
"before the fire, msjiy of whom are indif:ent through their own fault, now find 
it only too easy to live in idleness without sufferin/r the least return, We 
helieve that the distribution of food stuffs, if deternined by most pressing 
need, could now be restricted to a much smaller number of people, - widows, 
the aged, invalids. 

The money now so unnecessarily soent for victuals should go to buy furniture and 
clothes for a class that is esoecially numerous on the Ilorth side,- one well off 
before the fire ajid with comfortable homes  A number still have a plot or other 
property, but are now unable to re-establish any semblance of a household without 
dimishing too severely their business fund. (Betriebskapital) 

The Superintendent of the 1st district should be instructed to choose his 
subalterns from among the inhabitants of the district. People who are acquainted 
with the population and its Sj-^ecial needs. It is well knovm that a great number of the 
employees of the 1st district are inequal to their jobs. They don't understand 

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Illinois Stants^Zeitung ^ December 25, 1871 "^ W.Pi. p| 

the lan^?.f:?5 of the aid-serkers ( Germans, Scandinavians, Sohenians etc*) TheJ^^- 
have no understanding of human nature, ajid they cannot disting^aish "between those 
who need and deserve su-oort and those who are so utterly unworthy, any 
a^sistpnce is in vain and as ^ood as thrown away 

'Ve finally -want to say that we place full confidence in the gentlemen of the 
Relief and Aid Society. TTe know they are actuated "by the hest intentions. 
If we ask the Mayor to support our demands, it is done in the hope tha^t the 
"Relief and Aid Society" will give prompt and unprejudiced consideration to 
our petition. 

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I 17 Illinois St,-.,- 1 s-Zel tun - , Decenoer 12, l-i71 


Chica.'O, Decenl^er 9 (?), 1^71 

Editor of the Illinois St a a.ts-2eitun£; ; 

In ye^terda^'' s co'^y yo\i oor.erve th?t.t the G^riipn Aid Cc^iriit tee ^--tTolishes no 
reT^orts and roii sln-le ne out in your derumd for inforrirtion, I a'- no "Toaid 
official" of the G-erncin Aid Society- cjnu. it ir., therefore, very fl: tterin^ indeed 
that you ex^oect my :ctivity bucl willin.fvness to "bring sacrifices even ^^reater 
thc?-n I have done heretofore  

In what n^Jiner the G-ernic-m Aid Society v;orks you ni.Ti't hn-ve seen fron the daily 
cnnouncenents in ;'our Da.per. '7e are en^-^loyin^' G-ernan Supe2'*int9ndents and 
assistcOits in each aid district of the Chi CrXt) Relief 0^6. Aid Society. V/e had to 
fif^ht for several v/eeks with the officials of this Society until v/e go.ined 
recognition and respect for our surervisory officials. V'e finally had conolete 
success, and I readily adnit, th:<t the Relief pjid Aid Society, today, treats 
the various nationrlities v/ithout any discri'^.inrtion. . • .The indefatigable work 
of our President, as well as of the Su-perintendents, Messrs. Josef lu.ufrnann, 
Ik^x Honvitz, IB. Kielholz, H, vor. Langen, 

Illliiois Staats-Zeitun^o:, Dec. 1?, 1371 N^ y 

A. Limberg, Pastor Guntrum, and their assistants, has resulted in cooperation 
"between the Chicago i^^lief and Aid Society and the German Aid Committee, and 
has gained for the German relief clients many advantages... The German Aid 
Committee also established an emr»loyment agencj'' at its headquarters, JO 
West Lake Street, which is managed oy Mr, Josef K-mfmann. 

Furthermore, the Aid Comnittee has a Ladies' Committee, consisting of 
Mesdames Claussenius, Magnus, Bluthvardt, Buhler, L. Schulz, lladlener, and 
Miss Stolte. It supervises the stored goods of the Committee vand their 
distribution. Every day one of the ladies is at headquarters to receive the 
applications of women for clothing. This Ladies' Comnittee is doing excellent 
work in collaboration with the Central Committee. 

Finally, the Committee has won the help of a number of German physicians, who 
give free treatment to the sick, indigent, and, in the fifth district, have 
made arrangements with the pharmacists to furnish free m.edicine, on their 

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prescriptions for which the Committee pays... 

If our officials did not i^ive detailed reports up to now, I can assure you 
this was due to the fact that they felt, t eir work would speak better for 
them than many words. Besides the small number of gentlemen who have done the 
real work of the Central Committee, hr^ve had not ^ moment of time to think 
of the elaboration of lengthy accounts. Of the twenty-seven members of the 
Central Committee only the following have recently been on active duty; 
F. Lackner, C. Knobelsdorff , H. Claussenius, F. Buhler, G-eorge Schneider, 
A. Limber, J. Kaufmann and Julius Rosenthal. The other gentlemen who appear 
in the Central Committee only with their names, you will easily be able to 
ascertain by a comparison with the published list. 

Signed: C. Knobelsdorff. 

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The Chicago Time 3 > Thursday, November 30, 1871 


The various relief committees are working In Improved directions, but on the 
same general plan as of old* It is said that there is much less cause for 
complr-lnt In the matter of discourtesy and neglact on the part of subordinate 
officials than formerly. 

The German donations, amounting to $26^000, are spoken of In a letter just 
received from H. Kreisman, United States consul at Berlin, as only being the 
first Installment of the active contributions of the Berlin neovle. Mr» Krels- 
man refers to the fact of these (donations being representative of p11 classes, 
from Kaiser to peasant, and asks that due acknowledgment of the same be promptly 
made, that a satisfactory account ml^ht be made to the contributors. 




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i C Illinois 3taa.ts-Ze itiing, November 3r^, 1^71 X 

Letter to the Staats-Zeitunp:: "^^'/^ -' 

**rhe German clergy has hepn frequently criticized in your paper for its lack of 
interest in charity work, and its lack of an organization such as its English- 
speaking colleai-^es formed, 

"As a German Clergj-'man I wish to give you a declaration re/^arding my o\7n and 
others' activity. . .Dr. Chronik, Pastor Guntnim, and myself have tried repeatedly to 
get the German Clergy/ together in a r.eeting. But, however urgent our invitation, 
ho\7ever necessary comtdned action, - aside from we three, these m.eetings were 
visited by - nobody. V/e had to realize that the German clergy in its vast 
m.ajority ha,d a sad idea of its duties. 

...The ;nroclanation to the Gern.ans to form an Aid Association invited all the 
Lod.2:es, Associrtions etc, but not the GermaJi church communities, nor the 
German clerg^*^. Sach one of us hp'd to seek his own way.... 

Illinois S tn-.ts-Zeitim.o'. rovpn'ber 2r^, ir-?! A-^'-'n a ""^ t 


'.Then the general or^^anization was -^ut ii-n for the adrinistration of relief I 
received victuals no lon-^er for distribution... How could I continue to help 
the poor timid people who frequently vrere unable to express the sinnlest things 
in the Snf^lish laniua^e...! gained for myself the rights of a 'visitor*... 
Finally, I would like to &ay that I would not feel it as a burden, but as a 
r-'leasure to soend all the tine v^^y office leaves ne, in the service of the 
German Aid Societv. 

(Sirnied): Dr. Hansen 

Pastor of the 'vanfrelical Lutheran 

Zion' s Church. 

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I C Illinois Staats Zeitung ^ November 4, 1871. 


The energy with which the brave Germans have started the reconstruction 
of their homes maJces it the duty of the City Council and the Building Coun- 
cil to solve certain questions thf.t are causing uncertainty* Especially 
the plot-owners who live North of Division Street in the districts that 
would be cut by an imaginary extension of PraJiklin Street and many of whom 
would like to settle down on their old plots, don't know what to do* The 
question of the breaJcing through of this street h?.s repeatedly come up, 
only to be tabled again* Now the great majority of the City Council seems 
to be in favor of extending the street* Why not come to a decision imme- 
diately? !7hat kind of a decision h^r^s to be made, cannot be doubtful* The 
better the system of street planning is, the better the North Side will 
develop* It would be nonsensical to fir^t rebuild the city Bn6 later 
when the costs of it would be much higher, to start improvements* Just 
as the City Council immedi?.tely agreed to raise the level of Clark Street 
near the bridge that novr runs to Division Street and then begins again 
behind Schiller Street* 

What is true of Franklin Street is also true of other streets, for example, 



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Oak, and of streets that should "be broadened. The inhabitants of the 
North Side are not inclined to rebuild their houses now, in order to 
tear them down a^ain la ter on. A better occasion than now, when egotis- 
tical separate interests do not dare to come into the open, will not 
soon recur# 

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I Z^iih: GmcAT fii^ 

All the butchers who h?.ve suffered through the ereat fire are asked to visit 
the undersigned committee on Monday, Tuesday, or 'Wednesday, bet-^een 2 and 
4 o'clock, at the corner of Union and Randclr/h streets. At the s^me time 
we ask all Chica,2:o butchers, whose business places have not burned dov/n and 
who wish to help their burnt-down business comrades, to get in touch with us 
in order to organize heir) for the urgent need. 

(Signed): P. Lotholz, Jrcob Koch, Moses Berg, and Jacoc Schneider. 

(The retail neat business in Chicp^c^o is almost, exclusively in G-erman hands, 
and these "neople must be bBlped both from here and from outside, because they 
deserve and need it. Our common interest is to keep this imoortant business 
in Gernan hands*) 










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Illinois Staats-Zeitmif.^^ , Ho v. 1, 1871, 


Mr. Franz Arnold has left for Europe as a representative of the German National 
Bank and of H. Greenebaum and Company, in order to make available the millions 
needed for the reconstruction of Chica-go» At the same time Mr, Blum nas gone to 
New York in order to have the mortgages (v/ith coupons attached) fabricated, 
which shall serve as security for the millions tnat snail be borrovred from 

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Illinois Staats-Zeitunft , Oct. 30, 1871 

/rim GREi^T Fim/ 


The motion Alderman Buhler mane in the City Council, prompted by a demand of 
the German Aid Society, had met with success* The conditions prevailing in 
the distribution of victuals on the North Side that gave cause to complaint, 
will be corrected. The superintendent, Chamberlin, has taken on a capable 
and energetic helper in the person of Mr. Peter Hand. By the middle of next 
week a new depot will have been created at 7ells and Clark streets, and it 
is to be hoped that then no justified complaints will anymore be received. 

The superintendents of all five districts 'nave already appointed a great 
number of German inspectors and clerks, and stand ready to appoint some more* 



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Illinois Staats^-Zeitung , Oct. 26, 1871 • 

/KE GiaiT FIIS7 

The German Society still exists, even though only in the person of the agent, 
Fritz Annecke, who is at the Workers' Hall, Globe Theater, Desplaines Street, 
alv^ays rerdy to give information and to make inquiries* 

The society cannot give cash relief at present because it has nothing. In 
answer to some pretty plain spoken leeters for help, he got from the German 
societies in New York and St. Louis nothing but a heap of requests for favors, 
and good advice, while the firm of Lan^f;feldt, Thode and Company sent $25. 




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Illinois StaQts>Zeitun.g . Oct. 25, 1871 • ^'-\^ i^ 


/Tt^. GffiLlT ?Ii^ 

Since it had become necessary to give the cow who was supposed to have 
caused the "world conflagration" a sworn declaration of honor which was pub- 
lished by the press - it was, of course, the next thing for a sensation-fren- 
zied public to discover another, if possible even more fantastic origin. 
That the fire, as it happens daily in Chicago, should have originated due to 
some unfortunate accident; that the raging hurricane should have carried it 
quickly from one wooden hut to the next till the whole "Bohemian quarter" and 
soon the enormous staple places of the neighboring saw-mills were on fire; 
that from there a true rain of sparks poured forth onto the barracks of Canal 
and Wells Street and so started the terrific fire on the South Side; and that 
the South Sice fire, as one had to expect due to the terrible storm, caused 
the destruction of the North Side - all this one discards as improbable* So 
extraordinary an event must have an equally extraordinary cause. The most 
ridiculous idea, ever born by an overheated imagination, is the supposition 
that the "International" brought about our misfortune. A morning paper here, 
that specializes in taking the taste of its readers into accoxint in a truly 
artful way publishes a letter that is several columns long and which it avers 
to have received by a conscience-stricken member of the International. To 
make the thing a little more probable the mad George Francis Train is drawn 
into it. He is supposed to have closed his address Sunday night in Parwell 

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Illinois Staats Zeitung > October 25, 1871. ^'^ '-^ 


Hall with the words: "This is the last speech that is going to he given in 
this hall* A dark destiny hangs over Chicago. More, I neither can, nor wish 
to say#" Nothing is easier th-an to ascribe to this madman such words, heca-use 
no report of his lecttire exists (the papers which published one having been 
burned), and one cannot well expect either from him or from his few listeners 
to still remember, the next day, all the nonsense he emitted on the day 
before. Anybody who, like the writer of these lines, watched the fire from 
its beginning to its end, and who saw how the storm carried glowing splinters 
and rafters for miles; how it carried off whole asphalt roofs from the burn- 
ing houses only to cast them down onto some building, perhaps twenty or thir- 
ty squares from the place of the conflagration, - will only hi?ve a smile for 
all such theories. 

^^ Illinois Staats-Zeitung > Oct. 24, 1871. '^J^^'y ^'"^ 


Since the famed cow of DeKoven street (Mrs. O^Leary's cow) has retired from 
the (fire) stage due to various dementis, a new candidate has appeared to claim 
the fame of being the Herotratos of Chicago. People who claim to be members of 
the International are said to have set fire to Chicago. A long story of the 
conspiracy to destroy Chicago is reported in yesterday* s Times - written much 
too cleverly and dramatically to be the story of a real incendiary* Even the 
Times does not dare to assert the credibility of the communication (that, it 
says, owes its inception to a frightened conscience) • The story would be some- 
what less incredible if the author did not appear in the mask of an American 
worker who claims to have become enthusiastic about the International in Paris# 
For one thing, the destructioii of e*ll big cities is, as far as we loiow, not at 
all on the program in the political credo of the International, and, even the 
partial destruction of Peris by the Petroleum-Cominune met with the actual dis- 
approval of the heads of the International in London* 

If the "Capital" had to be destroyed through fire, a far more "repre- 
sentative" place might have been found, than Chicago particularly, where the 
opposition between capital and labor has not by any length developed to the 
same acuteness as in London and Manchester, England; or in New York, and Boston, 
on this side of the ocean. The incendiary who pretends to be penitent and 
tells his story in the Times, though this will inescapably deliver him over to 

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the knives of the International, feels himself, that the fire. Interpreted 
as punishment for the capitalists, really went a tremendous length heyond the 
program of the seven or more Chicago conspirators and members of the Intema^- 
tional. Instead of stopping at about Indiena street on the North Side, the 
fire raged up to Lincoln Park, bringing poverty to tens of thousands of workers, 
which was exclusively Intended for "capital." The afore-mentioned penitent 
conspirator Is cautious enough to remark that two of the original members of 
the International in Chicago (that is to say of the Chicago branch) died in the 
flames; likewise seven of the members who were charged with nursing the fire 
along; and that two other members have been so burnt that they probably will be 
cripples for life* The whole Ptory in our opinion owes its origin to the tenden- 
cy to present for great and horrible catastrophes, horrible causes and, there- 
fore, to Invent them, and finally to believe them. That part of Greek myth- 
ology that occupies itself with the monsters on the edge of the world, now 
receives in the modern Carbonari and "International" legends the modern counter- 

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Illinois Staats>Zeltiuig > Oct. 18, 1871 


2^mE GEEilT Flidl 

The Chica-go ^^orkers' Association has resolved immediately to ref\ind to every 
memher and every widow of a member who owns a share ($10 the share for the 
building of the hall) the amount of the share. It was further resolved to 
pay the widow of the member G-eyerstanger, who died in the fire, $50. 

The Globe Theater which belongs to the r^orkers* Association, was rented last 
Monday by Col. Wood, formerly of the Museiim, for $10,000 a year. It will be 
opened by him as soon as oossible, with a stock company. 

^^ ^ ^- Illinois Staats-»Zeitunf^; , Oct. 18, 1871. 

/toe great fireZ 



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Serious complaints are being heard about the small consideration which 
the Germans have found from the Aid Committee and its sub-committees. Es- 
pecially from the Germans who have found a provisional shelter in the 5th 
Aid District (Archer Road and surroundings) complaints are coming in. This 
treatment of the Germans is a shame and proves that there are soma people 
on the committees whose narrow prejudice has not broken down even in the 
face of the horrible need of German fellow citizens* The great mass of 
the Germans stands outside the church organizations, and for the Americans 
the church communities are the alpha and omega of all aid. The recommenda- 
tion of a cleric or church elder affects the committee members like magic, 
while the not so recommended German is immediately being regarded with some 
distrust. If the just demands of the Germans should be refused by the 
American committee, then it would become necessary to collect German con- 
tributions in and outside of Chicago separately, and to organize their sepa- 
rate distribution among Germans. We hope, however, that it will not come 
to this. 

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III A Illinois Staats-Zeitung , Oct. 17, 1871 


/Sl2 GRKIT .'IH^^ 

Alderman Schintz has won a hard fight for representr-tion of the Germans in 
the Chicago Relief and Aid Society. In the most inmortant Committee for 
Reception (of aid seekers) and Correspondence, Alderman Schintz sits together 
with the chairman of the whole society and Wirt Dexter and the Reverend Laird 
Collier. In the Committee for Employment (of work seekers) are the Alderman 
Jonn -Buhler and Eusse. 

German meetings took place on Sunday afternoon in the Aurora Turn Hall and 
the Globe Theater. Dr# E« Schmidt presided - going from one to the other - 
in both meetings. Mr. Ernst Prussing, Carl Hilling, and Dr. Ernst Sciimidt 
were added to the German Central Aid Committee. Messrs M. Nelson, Caspar 
Butz, Lackner, and Alderman Biihler made encouraging speeches. 


■^■^^ ^ Illinois StEiats-Zeitung, Oct. 17, 1871. ;_ 

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ly _ A,:-' _ _ 

/'ihi; uHiw^'r j.''Iii7 ' ^ ^ ■' ^' '^/ 

Yesterrl&y the following letter was sent to Mr. Philip Sheri(^an: You who*^ 
once were called Duke of Shenandoah, you should now in Heaven's name take 
possession of Ogden's house in which 300 shelterless could be put up. 
Correct in this way the partiality of providence and be blessed by hundreds 
who have no roof over their heads* 

(Signed) H. Raster. 

It is our conviction that General Sheridan should carry out this suggestion* 
It is a shame that the military arm has confiscated houses on the West 
Side on which rent has been paid in advance, while the house of the 
twenty-fold millionaire Ogden, the only one that remains on the North Side, 
should stay xintouched. This house must be confiscated for the shelter- 
less, or the conviction will become general that the rich Yankeedom wants 
to reconstruct Chicago as a Yankee city, at the cost of the poor Germans 
and Scandinavians* Also for another reason - hundreds of those who have 
lost everything have become half insane, and have only the one thou;?:ht 
that there should be equality in misfortune. How if one of these unfortu- 
nates, with the idea of compensating an injustice of fate, were to put 

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Illinois Staats Zeitung , Oct. 17, 1871 

the biiming torch to the millionaire Ogden's house? Would it not be 
desirable in orr»er to obviate any such temptation to make this house a 
refuge for the victims of the fire? That, in any case, would make the 
compassion of the rich Americans for the poor, burnt-down Germans and 
Scandinavians more convincing^ than all merely oratorical expressions of 


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Illinois 3t'i .ts .:eitun!?, Oct, 14, 1871. 

Aldermaji Buhler of the 15th ^ard deserves a large part of the honor of having 
saved the West Side» Tirelessly he organized the fight of the fire engines 
against the conflagration. During that terrible Monday night he gave hxindreds 
of people shelter in his house. To his splendid wife many a sick woman owes 
her life. Buhler, whose colleague McGrath is dangerously sick, has established 
exemplary order in his ward. 

Leading Germans are trying to prevail on the Supply Committee to vote money 
for lumber to people whose houses nave burnt down end who wish to rebuild 
their lots. Mr. Schintz stands at the head of this movement, and it is 
pleasant to report that he is particularly taking care of his countrymen on 
the North Side. 

GSPJ/JU Ji 1 WfA. 
Illinois Sr.aats-Zeitun^ , OctolDer 14, 1871 

/TiUL GH2./1 firs/ 

The Federal Government is perhaps going to give five or ten million for a 
new Post Office, Customs Office, Tax Office etc, the State of Illinois perhaps 
Three and a half million. The great capitalists of the East and of Europe 
are going to send here millions and millions to rebuild the big stores of 
State Street, Lake Street, Wabash Avenue, Washington, Madison, and Monroe Streets. 
But from what shall North Clark, Division, Sedgwick Street, Clyooume and North 
Avenue be reconstructed, and all the numberless side streets of the North Side? 
Even if the rich Stewart throws ten millions into Chicago - who is going to help 
the burnt out German, Irish and Scandinavian workers back to their feet?... 
American Germans are accustomed to fill the alms plates, not to hold them out. 
However, if it has to be done, it should be done without false shame. And 
it has to be donel - The quiet earnest, yes even the cheerfulness with which 
thou-sands of Germans talk about the loss of all tneir worldly possessions 
should not deceive anybody. In very, very majiy cases there is despair behind 
the mask of equanimity. To banish this despair, to revive hope, is the task 
of all Germans, who feel as Germans. If in a case like this the old Fatnerland 
betrays its children, or tries to quiet them with beggarly alms, then the 

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^^^ Illinois Staats-Zeitungf Oct. 14, 1871, GERUAI^ 

/the (SEAT FIR^ 

The editor of the Illinois Starts Zeit\ing , Herr Raster, visited yesterday 
morning the pile of rubbish into which his house at 600 N» Dearborn has been 
changed. As souvenirs he brou2:ht back a string from the piano and some pieces 
of iron. All his furniture, library, pictures, collections of newspapers, suid 
a carefully kept correspondence of thirty years with friends, writers, and 
statesmen; all the hundreds of small objects wherewith Germans use to adorn 
their houses, have been destroyed* A fe-^v clothes, some laundry, and a chair 
is all that he has saved. 

Bauer and Co. are already able to fill all orders for pianos and musical in- 
struments, at 270 Milwaukee Ave. - The Great Western Band is about to start on 
a recital tour through the neighboring states. - Israelites find aid at Mr. 
Haas, corner of Peck Court and Wabash Ave. - Mr. George Schneydter, accountant, 
is being expected by his worried brother-in-law and his whole family, in Cin- 
cinnati, 192 Western Ave. - E. H. Michelson (Aurora Turn Hall) seeks his wife 
and children. - So does A. Schoebel. - Christine Scherer, 11 years old, is in 
the A\irora Turn Hall. - At the same place is 8 year old Anton Zimraermann, who 
lived in Liberty St. - The father of the 6 year old Fred Uhiem can get infor- 
mation about his son's whereabouts at the ^. Chicago Police Station. - The 
Chicago Sharpshooters Association has its headquarters now, in the Aurora 

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Turn Hall. - Milkman Miller^ 138 Ontario Street, unloaded his wa^on on which 
he had put all his furniture, in order to save Mrs. Butz who was about to 
give birth. He saved her, and permitted all his goods to burn. 

The sick wife of Mr. Easter was saved by being taken from her house to that 
of Mr. Vocke, by an American who passed in his buggy, who would not even give 
his name, much less accept any payment. While others (Germans too) accepted 
up to $50 for such a favor. 

Anybody who has had a house on the North Side, with a brick basement, and 
does not intend to rebuild it before next Summer should put his lot uncon- 
ditionally at the disposal of those fire victims who would like to erect a 
hut on it. Basement walls are always better than none at all. - The editor 
of this paper, Mr. H. Raster, offers for use the ruins of his house, 600 N. 
Dearborn Street, until May 1 (but not longer, because he hopes then to be 
able to build himself). He who comes first today, can get a certificate of 

The remark that the American Oerman press has done nothing to help the German 
press in Chicago should be modified. The destruction of the Staats Ze itung 
has immediately moved the publishers of a large Western paper to send money 
for the founding of a new German paper thp.t shall use this good opportunity 


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Illinois Staats Zeitunp-, October 14, 1871. \':.uP- - ) 

to kill the Illinois Staats Zeitung » After all, the t is something! 

Miss Dora Sieck, seamstress, who lived pt Mr. Richard Michaelis', former 
editor of the Union , permitted everythin^^ she had to burn, in order to save 
the children ajid a part of the possessions of Mr. w'ichaelis. - Mr. Hahn, 
one of the best known Germans in Louisville, plans to invest the better part 
of his fortune in real estate on the South Side* As he is, at least by name, 
a German, he would do better to think of the North Side. 

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jll j^ Illinois Staats-Zeitung , October 14, 1371^ "^ 

2%3 GREAT jFiro7 

On Thursday evening a conference of the St. Louis Aid Cormittee with the Chicago 
Germans took place in the Congregritional Church at Ann and jTashington Street, 
in order to organize the mass emigration of work-seeking unemployed and indigents 
The St* Louis Conmittee promised they will te comfortably settled and arrange for 
free passage. A provisory General Connittee was I'ormed of the following gentle- 
men, who will seek out in the various parts of the city, those Germans (single, 
and families) who want to change to St, Louis: B. Lowenthal, Julius Rosenthal, 
. Dr» Ernst Schmidt, Jonas, Th. Schintz, Schaffner, F* Busse, A. Busse, Michelson, 
H* Beck, Knauer, T. H. Richberg etc. 

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A meeting of about Five hundred Germans took place last evening in the Aurora 
Turn ^all, in order to organize the distribution of support to the needy poor» 
The meeting elected a Central Committee of Fourteen, tluit proceeded to organize 
itself by electing Franz Lackner, President; H. Claussenius, Vice-President; 
George Schneider, Treasurer; C. Knobelsdorf , Secretary; (other members ; Fritz 
Metzke, S, Schulz, A. Lu rberg, Peter Hand, A. Purstenberg, Jacob Kauffmann, 
Ad. Setoenger, T. A. Huck, Karl Degenhardt, Georg Oertel, Jacob Boser, and F, 
Buchler. The German Central Committee has the task of taking up contact with 
the General Aid Committee. It T^ublished a proclamation asking for supports 

The mesihs collected for the support of the Germans shall be administered by 
Messrs Hand, Kaufmann and Oertel. 

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••To a telegram in which we asked the "Cincinnati Volksblatt" to send us type, 
we have received no answer. Another German publisher from whom we asked a favor, 
answered with an unpaid telegram, for which we had to remain in arrears to the 
amount of fifty-five cents, "because we need the few pennies saved, to buy bread 
and water. On the other hand, the Cincinnati Commercial sent the Chicago Tribune 
without solicitation a whole supply of type, arranged in boxes and ready for use; 
That is American fellowship (Collegialitat). 

...The Germans of America collected a million and sent it to Germany... Here is a 
calamity infinitely worse for ten thousands of German families than the victorious 
war was for an equal number of fajnilies in Germany. Now it is time that rich 
Germany that is receiving 1200 millions of thalers from France, and whose 
capitalists own at least 600 millions of thalers of American securities, opens 
its hand.... 

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Illi nois Staats-Zeitung, October 13, 1871 t -  Wit -T 

All copies of the Illinois Staats-Zeitung in our office building and in the homes 
of our editors have been destroyed* Not a single copy of the paper from before 
the day of horror is in our possession. We ask therfore ever^'body who has a 
collection of the pauer - however incomplete - to keep it and to sell it to us 
later on, as soon as we are somewhat better established* 


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'^^^ ^ /tss great FIRE^J 

Mr. Oustave Drassler, v/ho & sho-p on Korth Clark Street, and his v/hole fa.nily 
died in the flames; likewise his older brother, v/ho used tc crrry dispatches 
at ni-:hit to the Illinois Sto at s-Zeitun^r;, and his niece, !:is Richter, who vfas 
a member of the Germania Penale Choir. V.r. Henry Lanr.arter lost his v;ife, 
Mrs. Louisa Tiiielernann v.hose house burnt dor^T. tv/o years a/:o, c^nd who, only a 
fev' days ago, started, at great personal r- orifice, a Germpr». theatre on the 
ITorth Side, has lost everything, and no^-^ free?: the future more bewildered than 
ever. The naid of Mr--. Thieler.iann, .-nd the naid of her neighbour, I'r. B^rthold 
Meyer, ^ntrrio Street, lost their lives in the fire. Brother Moody has not 
been able to abstrln fron ir.viting the people in to pray. Mr, Hermann Easter 
has found a domicile r/ith his colleafciie. V.r. T. Konig of the "Union", 386 •?. 
Taylor Street. Ernestine Schmidt is being sou.:^t by her husbaifd. Christian 
Schmidt, in Ditmars' Pharm.acy. I!r. Henry Hochbaum and L. pjid R. 
v/hose shops on the North Side v/ere burned, have, with their characteristic 
©nerg;^^ already reopened their shops on !:ilv/-nil:ee Avenue. Henry Schollkopf, 
Groceries; Bauer and Com.Dany, Music Instruments; C-ale S: Blocki; Knauer 



Illinois Staats-Ztitunr, Ccto'be:' IS, 1371 


Brothers raid rrjiy other &ermans are feverishl- "biir.y v;ith the amm:^enent of 
their neu shops. The Gernans don't t-^ce second r.lf,ce alter the Arericajis as 
to ener.^^'^. The Thursday neetin.^: in the Vorv;arts Turnhalle could not take 
place, "because the Turn Hall ip. heing used as a hos'oitaJL. I'r» V/ilhelm Levy, 
formerly of the Staats-Zeitunif, is no;v a special "olicenaii, Vr^. Julia 3utz, 
fortunately, is v:eli, so th:^t the contrary ru:-ors dissolve into naught. 

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I\r Illinois Staats Zeltung ^ June 10, 1871» 

JtBS^ GEHMAN 3001:21^ 

In the last twelve months the German Society has undergone great and splendid 
transformations. From a cripoled state in which it languished without strength 
even to die, it has filled itself again with fresh and promising life. Even 
its outside appearance has now become highly respectable. The new place in 
Washington street is large, light, and attractively furnished* It consists 
of an office and a writing room in which there is a library for immigrants* 
Dr» Engelhardt and Mr. Julius Rosenthal have given books. Cor)ies of several 
newspapers from Chicago, as well as outside, lie on the table. 

The board now consists of men who understand that one must give the only 
German purely benevolent association more than passing attention, and one can 
now find daily, the president and some of the directors in the office. The 
board consists of George Schneivier, president; Jacob Eeiersdorff , vice-presi- 
dent; Herman Lieb, secretary; Henry Biroth, treasurer; Julius Rosenthal, M. 
Berg, Louis Wahl, H. Claussenius, W. Hettich, Arthur Erbe, Fritz Rieta, H. 
Enderis, and Carl Tarnow, directors. 

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Illinois Staats Zeitung> Juiie 10, 1671. 

The board has recently been successful in impressing upon the city officials 
that they must pay gre^^ter attention to the interests of the society. The 
police commissioners have made an agreement with the railroad that they will 
announce ahead of time the coming of German immis?:rant trains, so that one or 
more German policemen can be sent to the stations where they arrive. 

The Parmalee Bus Company has finally yielded to the energetic protests of the 
board and promised not only to refund money in future when it can be proven 
that conductors of the company have mistreated the immigrants but also to 
employ some German conductors. 

Since April 7, the day when the constitution was amended, women also are 
admitted as full fledged members and can therefore also be elected to the 
board* The first ladies received as members are: Frau Louise Degenhardt, 
Ivan Jacob Beiersdorff , and Miss Clars Schneider. 

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III B 2 lUlaols Staats Zeltang> June 6, 1871« 

III H /tse (smmi peace celebratio^ 


Tbie Central Committee for the German -oeace cele'bration held another meeting 
in the small hall of the German House.. • The Finance Committee reported ths,t 
ut> to now $13,130.00 have heen collected, while the exnenses so far amount to 
a*bout $9fOOO.OO. However, hills continue to come in(It is prohahly that the 
surplus in the end will amount to $1500.00. The Editor). 

The President, Mr. Georg Schneid<^r, thereupon moved to turn the surplus over 
to the German Society. In suiD-oort of his motion he pointed out that the 
Germa^ Society is the only purely German henevolent institution in the city, 
and 8^d that since he had become Presirent of it and sT^ent daily an hour 
before noon there, he had become convinced that- nowhere is suffering being 
alleviated so directly as by the German Society. He described the poverty 
and misery of many immigrants, and by way of a small exarrrole he mentioned the 
case of 20 German immigrants whose baggage a week ago was lost on the Erie 
railroad. Due to energetic steps of the agent who even threatened the 
company to bring the case before Congress, because immi.^rants stand under the 
protection of the United States, the case wf^s quickly settled and the railroad 
company has T)rom.ised to make good the total damage. 

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Illinois Staats Zeltung , June 6, lb71. 

Mr. A. Schoninger, as a former director of the German Society said it was 
a holy duty to help the immigrants. But it has to "be considered how the 
society could he hel-oed permanently. Besides, he wants to enlarge its act- 
ivity; it should not only iDrovide aid for immijp-rnnts, "but take care of all 
interests of the Germans* 

Mr. Michaelis and Mr. Beiersdorff agreed with -.'r. Schoninger, hut saw in 
what he had said no reason for not turning over the present surplus to the 
German society. The proposed reformation of which irould not in the least "be 
prejudiced through th^^t action. 

The motion to contri"bijte the surplus to the Geimen Society was thereupon 
adopted, under loud at